Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Regarding calls for universal background Checks:
- They are already required for dealer sales of firearms, whether at brick and mortar shops or gun shows.
- They are already required when firearms are sold across state lines, including firearms advertised online.
- They do not, nor can they, identify or stop persons whose behavior has not already resulted in some intervention by the criminal justice or mental health systems. They are necessarily backward-looking, not forward-looking.
- According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, most criminals who use guns get them from theft, on the black market, or from acquaintances. Background checks are irrelevant in these circumstances.
- According to the BATFE, nearly half of illegally trafficked firearms originate with straw purchasers. Background checks cannot stop straw purchasers; indeed, straw purchasers exploit the current background check system.
- It is already illegal for a person to transfer a firearm to another individual who the person knows or reasonably should know is prohibited by law from having it. This applies whether the transaction is conducted by a dealer or private person.
- It is already illegal for a person to provide a firearm to another individual who the person knows intends to use it in a violent or drug trafficking crime. This applies whether the transaction is conducted by a dealer or private person.
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