What’s the big deal about requiring background checks for private firearm sales? If you want to sell your gun to your neighbor, you just telephone the National Instant Check hotline and ask to have your potential buyer checked out . . . right?
Wrong. Although it’s reported the Nevada state Legislature, in its semi-annual scramble to close as required by midnight June 1, has just enacted a measure allowing for (but not requiring) private parties to access the Silver State’s state-run “background check” apparatus, that’s a first so far as I know, and it’s still not clear quite how it will work. I’m told the state police will apparently be given five days to respond to a written request.
Up till now, no such “background check” bureaucracy, state or federal, would accept or respond to any such call from a private party, so far as I’ve been able to learn. In fact, such legislation is yet another Trojan Horse, designed to eventually channel every gun sale through full-time, federally inspected gun stores with Federal Firearms Licenses, at the very time the BATF now violates decades of past promises that “anyone can get one just by applying,” with their ongoing campaign to systematically strip the FFLs from law-abiding citizens who they now deride as part-time, “basement dealers.”
Why route every transfer through a federal licensee? So that a paperwork record will be created of who owns every gun in America.