Very soon now, the House of Representatives will be considering a Universal Background Check bill that will have profoundly negative consequences on law-abiding citizens.
If private transfers are banned, you will not be able to loan your rifle or shotgun to a sibling, adult child, or friend to go hunting.
Suppose a friend, relative, or neighbor known to you to be responsible and competent with firearms but not owning one right now, suddenly becomes the victim of serious stalking and death threats. You won’t be able to loan them a gun on an emergency basis, with which to defend themselves and their loved ones.
The other side will claim, “Oh, you can just drive to the nearest FFL dealer and do the paperwork.” No, you can’t. They may be closed. And, down the road, other anti-gun politicians may follow the Illinois legislation that requires onerous and redundant state firearms dealer licensing fees that are already driving small dealers out of business there. Dealers willing to do the transfer paperwork will be hard to find.
A suicide prevention program spreading across the country, inspired by gun dealer Ralph Demicco and the New Hampshire Firearms Safety Coalition, encourages people to hold guns for friends and relatives until their period of depression passes. It has already saved lives. The proposed legislation will make this impossible, and will inevitably cost lives.
You thought you were just going to bequeath your valuable firearms to your heirs in your will? This legislation may greatly complicate that, and make it significantly more expensive…all to no good end.
The polls that say a majority of Americans want UBCs seem to be based on questions like, “Do you want crazy people and violent criminals to be able to buy guns at will, or not?” The general public has not been given the first clue of how many ways this theoretically well-intended legislation will criminalize countless law-abiding citizens. I doubt that more than one percent of those who told the pollsters UBCs sounded good had ever read the fine print of the actual proposals.
Contact your representatives in Congress. Link to this blog if you like, or copy it. Let them know WHY it’s a bad idea that can literally cost innocent lives.
Time is of the essence.