Advocates of gun control are pushing to prohibit private sales through a scheme they are referring to as universal background checks. While the phrase universal background checks sounds like a method meant to prevent violent individuals from acquiring firearms it’s actually a method to turn more nonviolent gun owners into prohibited persons:
Public-opinion polls about “universal background checks” for gun sales show widespread support. While President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg talk about “gun sales,” the actual legislation moving through Congress aims to regulate far more than sales. It would turn almost every gun owner into a felon. The trick is that the language under consideration applies not only to sales but also to “transfers,” which are defined to include innocent activities such as letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours.
The story puts forth several scenarios where a nonviolent gun owner would become a felon under universal background checks. Since the language is based on the idea of transferring possession of a firearm any time you allow a friend or family member to borrow one of your firearms you risk becoming labeled as a felon.
This isn’t surprising to those of us who own firearms. Gun control advocates have been doing everything in their power to forcefully seize our property. Since outright bans haven’t been effective gun control advocates have begun using other more secretive methods to accomplish their goals.