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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 31, 2015, 05:59 PM

6. Define "elevated background checks?"


If you mean ensuring all databases are current with effective coordination, you'll find most gun rights advocates clearly supportive.

However, if the background criteria starts to target groups, unpopular political opinions, circumvents due process and equal protection, or is little more than an attempt to just curtail gun ownership or "gun culture," it would not only be unconstitutional, but a political non-starter.

Currently, among other limited reasons, someone will fail a background check if they're convicted of a felony or adjudicated a danger to themselves or others (usually by way of involuntary commitment). I hope you're not suggesting that simple arrests or accusations could warrant suspension of constitutional rights, or even more mundane activities like seeking basic psychological treatment for matters unrelated to direct physical threats or suicide, losing your job, or simply being accused of being "angry" by neighbors or employers?

Time limits exist also for background checks because government officials had (and still have) a bad habit of slow-walking the checks to deny purchases and permits when they have no objective criteria to base a denial. No FFL is actually obligated to complete a sale without an accepted check, but you can thank the blatant abuses and incompetence of gun control-supporting government officials for making it an issue at all.

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