COVINGTON, Ind. —
While the notion of background checks for gun purchases seems innocent enough, if my understanding of the current proposed law in the Senate is correct, there is a huge and dangerous difference between the proposal and current law.
Under current law, most background checks are made through a NICS database which requires “all identifying information on allowed (gun) transfers to be destroyed by the next operational day.” Thus, there currently is no ongoing federal registry of who may own firearms.
As was the case for Affordable Care, finding specifics on the proposed legislation has been difficult, so let me know if I am incorrect: what I have read suggests the proposed law will not only require background checks, but these new data will be retained, not destroyed immediately.
While there are lots of reasons to own firearms, the framers of the Constitution wanted gun ownership primarily as a safeguard against tyrannical governments. It should be obvious that retention of gun ownership records effectively eliminates that safeguard.