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Does Universal Background Checks = Tracking?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Kaybee, Mar 14, 2018.

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Does Universal Background Checks = Tracking?

  1. yes

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  2. no

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  1. AlexanderA

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    You asked what I wanted, and I answered. Actually, I want a root-and-branch revision of all the federal gun laws with each provision being justified as to need. (Like zero-based budgeting.) Turn the clock back to 1934. What we have now is a mindless accretion.

    Why can't we have a blue-ribbon commission with both the pro- and anti- sides represented, but with a preponderance of technical experts? They could take a year to study the issues, listen to lots of witnesses, and come up with a plan that's better than current law. Then Congress could consider it. Yeah, I know that's hopelessly naive. But if the NRA proposed this, it would completely rattle the antis. They wouldn't know what to make of it.
    Why would they if we're not participants in any sort of dialogue? From their point of view, it comes down to brute political force, and if that's the case, they think they can get their maximalist demands (Australian-style confiscation).
     
  2. AlexanderA

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    The right is described in the 2nd Amendment, and the Supreme Court has severely restricted the application of the 2nd Amendment. (I don't like what they've done, but there it is.) The fact is that the right to guns is not absolute.
     
  3. AlexanderA

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    Only when the odds are against us, and only when we can get something in return. This is no reason to brand me a Quisling.
     
  4. Kaybee

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    I think it would be beneficial to, at least, seperate the two things (BGC & Registration/Tracking) in the public discourse.

    By that I mean start fighting registration/tracking as a separate issue instead of leaving it as an inevitable result of a background check. Someone smarter than me can suggest ways to do it, but it must be disjointed.

    There are people that want to take all guns they are a small group and they can accomplish it by persuading people in the middle.

    In that context, like it or not, bg checks themselves are a weak position to defend. Im not saying give it away. Keep defending but...

    Tracking/Registration is a much stronger position to defend. It's much more important as well.
     
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  5. denton

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    If I understand the technology correctly, a blockchain system could be used to maintain a registry of prohibited persons. Such a system is not centrally managed, but is secure and resistant to unauthorized alterations. It is also available to everyone.

    Selling a gun? Check the system, pull a report, and if the person clears, go ahead with the sale. Put a paper copy of the report in your filing cabinet. Do away with Form 4473 and all that goes with it, but require everyone to do a check.

    Perfect? Certainly not. But it's probably better than what we have, and we'd be tracking prohibited persons, not guns.

    Gun traces would probably work better than they do today if transfers from manufacturers to dealers were available to the ATF. If a gun is used in a crime, ATF can ask the dealer to produce the record of their background check. That leads to the first purchaser. If the first purchaser has sold the gun, then ATF can ask for a look at the check that he ran.

    This complies with the philosophy that was agreed to when NICS was established. There is a record, but the people who sold firearms hold the record and the government can access it when it needs to.
     
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    For the same reasons they do with other things....

    It's dialog by public announcement. Both sides do it in order to make a perception they want to the general public.

    They've publicly said they want UBC woth a proposal that includes registration.

    Why don't they publicly say UBC with out registration?

    Because they, and their constituents, expect it to include registration and they don't want anything less or even portray anything less.
     
  7. Kaybee

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    I would also suggest that they don't mention the registration part because it is a lot less popular.

    I also imagine, that the groups that are funding the anti gun movement want the registration more than the BGC, and that they pair them together intentionally.
     
  8. DeepSouth

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    And their is the (...a) problem if you don’t have to keep proof you did the check many people simply want do it, and it want be able to prove they didn’t do it.
    If they do require proof people would inevitably be getting punished for losing a piece of paper, or accidentally throwing out the wrong file, what about a house fire, the paperwork you’ll need to keep you out of legal trouble just went up in ashes.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    I don't know what a "Quisling" is.

    You continue to say we are going to lose so we need to compromise. That is giving in for no reason. Running scared as it were. It's the same argument the antis use. We never get anything in return, so stop with that silliness.
     
  10. Kaybee

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    This is what I would accept, though I respect why people might have issue with it:

    I don't think there should be any requirement to do "proof" that you did a check. It should be illegal to require that. If it must be illegal to sell without a check, it should be up to the government to prove you are guilty not up to you to prove you are innocent.

    You go in to a shop, you get a check, if you clear, and they sell you a gun (or not) with no records. Why should there be one? You are a law abiding citizen.

    You selling your own gun to a stranger, you guys meet at the shop, he gets a check, you sell him the gun. No record required. Gun shops can make a little money off this but they also offer a safe place to complete the transaction.

    Yes criminals can break this like any law, but to be honest I think most people selling a gun to a stranger would not sell it to them if they knew they were a gang member or something. So a system like this, even if only the law abiding people would follow, would still make it harder for criminals.

    That would be a give & get offer. Because gun purchases that are tracked would stop being tracked.

    I know this is a pipe dream though, opposing sides do not discusses things these days. Everyone lives in a box and only hears one side. I think anti gun people even more so because they know less about the topic. As the laws are being offered now I vote a big NO to anyone that supports UBC. I just wish those that appose that law would make it more clear why, and also fight harder against tracking laws that are currently enforced.
     
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    In a word: traitor. Quisling was the name of a Norwegian official who aligned with the Nazis in WW2 when they invaded and took over Norway.
     
  12. stchman

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    I've often wondered what the difference between a Universal Background Check and the current 4473 that is in place right now.
     
  13. Kaybee

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  14. stchman

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    OK, so it's not a new type of background check, just new laws. I see.
     
  15. Owen

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    I too am curious about using blockchain technology to vet potential buyers.

    As someone that is in the process of thinning out my number of guns, I'd really like to know that the person I am selling too is a legal owner. I work for a company that does regular background checks, so I've been lucky in that I've been able to sell everything to colleagues, so I know they are legal.

    1.) I don't see how to enforce universal background checks without registration.

    2.) it puts a burden on the seller to prove they did the BC. Gunstores and other FFLs are already setup with paperwork, filing etc. Joe Blow is not going to be squared away with the record keeping, filling forms correctly, etc.. Its going to force people to go through gunstores. In areas like the one I am, there is one gun store in the county. The next closest is over an hour away in a different county, so the gunstores are going to be able to charge what they want. If I want to sell a $100 gun, it won't be difficult for the transaction cost to exceed the value of the item.
     
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  16. denton

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    That is a good question. I think the simple answer is that your query is recorded in the blockchain, and only you can access it. If the government can show a need to know who purchased your firearm, then you can open the file and answer their request. A database of all gun transfers would exist, which should satisfy the left, but the government could only access on a need to know basis. That would satisfy me.

    You'd get massive resistance from the government because they just about can't abide a system that is not under their control. Watching that play out would involve large quantities of soda and popcorn.

    Edited to add:

    My adult daughter just popped in, and we were talking about this. Her objection, which is a good one, is that she once worked in the funds transfer business and saw a horrible example of how it can go astray. There is a secret credit card blacklist. Any bank can put you on it. Once you're on it, it's really, really hard to get off, and it messes up your life. So how would we prevent entries that shouldn't be there, and how would we ensure that corrections are entered?
     
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  17. Deanimator

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    The anti-gun cult recognizes NO "input" save abject submission.

    But then you already knew what.
     
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    ...which you know either will never be given or will be revoked farther down the line. Of course that which was imposed premised on those "concessions" will be forever set in stone...
     
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    Until you have a law and enforce it to put government bureaucrats in prison when they don't follow the rules, it is safe to assume that they won't follow the rules.
     
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    You could not be more wrong.

    I've been listening VERY closely to the anti-gun cult since the mid-1960s.

    That's why I thoroughly mistrust them every bit as much as I mistrust militant islamists.

    They have ONLY one goal and they will tell ANY lie to achieve it. Fortunately in their ignorance, they tell really stupid, obvious lies.
     
  21. DeepSouth

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    The obvious problem to that is the millions of people (mostly older) that simply don’t do technology. Heck, I’m not even yet 40 and I don’t know what a block chain is, nor do I care. And your suggestion is for me to trust and use it as a requirement for selling a gun.

    It’s a good question because their is no good answer. :uhoh:
     
  22. Sistema1927

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    UBC is not enforceable without registration.

    The first time after the passage of UBC that someone circumvents it, the same old anti-freedom crowd will be calling for registration in order to make the system work.

    So, kiddies, listen up: Universal Background Checks lead to registration, registration leads to confiscation, confiscation leads to slavery.

    Be free men and say NO!
     
  23. SharpDog

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    And that is why I left NY (upstate) and have refused all jobs in blue states. I have a friend with an NFA and a select fire weapon that just moved to a good job in Seattle ... waiting to hear how it works out ...
     
  24. DeepSouth

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    That really is this entire thread, from the original question to the only real answer.
    In order for a law to matter it has to be enforced, and with out tracking (read registration) mandatory background checks can’t be enforced..
     
  25. Ohen Cepel

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    Alex,
    Please go read the history of gun control in America and show us all instances were we got something in exchange for giving up our rights. I am not aware of a single instance but maybe you can find some.

    Not picking, really, if you are so set on giving up please do the research. Maybe some will go along with you if you can show several historical references.
     
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