The radical left is once again trying to gut the Second Amendment. As things look right now they will not get most of their wish list passed. The American people are too smart to believe that banning semiautomatic firearms and/or certain popular magazines will do anything to reduce crime.
One lie the radical left has so far had success in getting people to believe is that there is a “gun show loophole” and that “loophole” needs to be closed by mandating universal background checks on all sales or transfers of firearms. Unless civil rights groups like the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Foundation, and civil rights activists mount a huge effort to expose this lie and the consequences of universal background checks this could pass Congress.
To start, there is NO gun show loophole. Gun dealers have to do a background check no matter where they sell a firearm. It doesn’t matter whether they sell a firearm in their store, at a gun show, or in a back ally, they have to do a background check. Anyone who says differently is lying. To be fair, most of the so called reporters in the old media probably have no idea that this is a lie. They are told there is a loophole by a political hack or a radical anti-Second Amendment group and never bother to check whether it is true or not.
There is exclusion for private citizens to give, sell, or trade guns they own without the expense and hassle of doing a background check. When Sarah Brady bought her son a powerful rifle for Christmas in 2000, she didn’t have to do a background check on her son before giving it to him. When my father left the .22 rifle his father gave him to my son, the executor of his estate didn’t have to do a background check on my son. When my neighbor sold her late husband’s collection of World War I era guns she didn’t have to do a background check on the collectors who bought the collection.
This exclusion is what the radicals want to eliminate. Had there been a universal background check law when the previously mentioned transfers occurred, the three of us would have had to pay a licensed firearms dealer to do the background check before transferring the firearms. But a criminal would not bother doing the background check and without universal registration there would be no way of knowing the transfer took place.
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