Death to NICS; Up with BIDS

Death to NICS, Up with BIDS

PHOENIX, AZ –-( If a background check in this modern-day and age is going to hold sway and swing popular opinion into policy; If a background check is a way to keep guns away from criminals who want to buy their guns at retail and pay the sales tax; Then do it without compiling names of innocent gun owners.

That’s only reasonable and common sense.

Even if the folly of universal background checks never goes from the minds of hoplophobes to the floors of legislatures, the expensive, list-compiling registry that is NICS needs to be eliminated. Sooner would be better than later.

Government registration of gun owners (an unverifiable part of NICS background checks) is the first step to every genocide committed in the 20th Century.

Every one. We know that can’t happen here, right?

And we’re not even going to tempt fate. No government registration of gun owners. It serves no legitimate purpose. It expends vast amounts of scarce resources on tracking the innocent. And there’s no need. Innocent gun-owner lists have no crime-fighting component, but at least they’re extremely expensive —

BIDS or the “Blind Identification Database System” does an equal job of preventing prohibited possessors from buying guns. It costs far less — totally eliminates the expensive call centers. Reduces downtime and delays legitimate dealers and customers must now endure. And it cannot be used to make lists of gun buyers. Dealers simply reference the encrypted password-protected prohibited possessor list on their local computers with simple volatile search tools, offline. It’s like using computerized yellow pages. The list itself is updated constantly, as it is now.

Hey, just like you, I don’t want some mass murderer out on bleeding-heart parole walking into a gun store and coming out with a smokewagon.

Gun owners are a common-sense reasonable crowd, just like anyone. It is time to scrap NICS for BIDS and move this debate to a better place. Sure, the authorities and those with a vested interest will throw up every obstacle known to man, to stop this great improvement. Sure, a gun store could skip the system and sell to crooks, just like they can under NICS, and risk their licenses and long hard prison time. Sure there will be hard cases that will require referral to agents for extra checking and extra time, just like now.

Death to NICS. Up with BIDS. More freedom always is a good thing. Fight the anti-rights calls for gun show loops and holes with a counter call for BIDS, money-saving efficiency, less government, and freedom from Big Brother.

And look — before you start shouting at me — BIDS ain’t perfect, we all know that, but it’s as good first step. Getting rid of NICS is essential, and it won’t happen without an intermediary step. Ask me about what comes after BIDS…

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Frank in Spokane

Dear AmmoLand / Alan Korwin, Q: Have you ever considered the impact that blockchain technology (think Bitcoin) could have in reviving the concept of BIDS? Forget weekly distribution of CD-ROMs to FFLs (SO 1990s!), or even weekly downloads off Teh Interwebz. If I understand blockchain, every FFL would be a part of the network, with the encrypted list of prohibited persons constantly being updated among them several times an hour.

R Smith

Background checks done for all, at the time they obtain state issued photo ID or DL, would be the way to go at it. Of course all the laws governing the process, and the administration of the process, would have to be drawn up by pro gun legislators, with the watchful eye of pro gun groups. Also it would be a given that “no” anti gun groups, individuals, or law makers, would be allowed any say in the matter, what so ever, period, as nothing that even resembles “common sense” would be offered by anti 2As. When an event that… Read more »


Great idea! Absolutely makes sense! Couldn't be better! However, having lauded the merits of BIDS, come back down to earth. Gun control, gun lists etc aren't about reducing crime. The government wants your gun. Look at Katrina for the model. More guns were confiscated from law abiding citizens than from criminals. Cops want your guns. The UN wants your guns. The Democrats and some Republicans want your guns. With so many entities wanting your guns, the odds are they are going to get them. Its inevitable folks.