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Mon Mar 5, 2012, 10:59 AM

18. A few data points to shed some light on the OP, which is woefully deficient in facts


It refers to an original real article at:


The Astute Reader will note:

1. The state of Kentucky inflates the number of background checks because it performs checks on all of its concealed weapons permit holders monthly.

2. In most of the years 2005 - 2011, my home state of California appears in the top three for total number of background checks performed. If absyntheminded meant to refer to us here as "Idiot Texas Teabaggers" then perhaps absyntheminded hasn't thought it through very well.

3. An unknown but certainly large number of firearm transfers occur without background checks. This includes private, intrastate sales of used firearms in states that don't require checks on those transactions (i.e. most states,) and transfers to people who have licenses that exempt them from background checks, e.g. a Type 03 Federal Firearms License (Collector of Curios and Relics.) Even here in California which has some of the strictest state gun laws, there are provisions for transferring firearms among immediate family members without a background check being performed.

I think the attribution of increased gun sales to fear of an Obama re-election is a bit of a stretch. The OP really provides no hard evidence to support it. "Some say..." doesn't pass muster.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/03/3781758/some-say-re-election-fear-is-driving.html#storylink=cpy

BTW, I've bought just one firearm in the last four years - A revolver from a good friend. We did the transfer in accordance with California state law, through a federally licensed gun dealer. That transaction appears in the statistics for background checks, but it didn't result in a net increase in the number of guns owned by individuals.

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