Gun-control groups and anti-self-defense politicians are pushing for “Universal Background Checks” (UBCs) as a gun-safety measure to prevent criminals and other prohibited persons from getting firearms. Under the UBC scheme, all gun transfers, even private gifts between friends & family, must go through a gun dealer. While UBCs may sound harmless at first glance, they are NOT.
Even handing one of your guns to a shooting or hunting buddy for a few seconds could require a background check on your friend. And before your own gun could be returned to you, you may be required to have a background check run on yourself! In Washington State, for example, firearms training came to a complete halt because there was no practical way for an instructor to legally hand a gun to a student and vice versa!
Yes, UBCs are stupid, but this insidious scheme is classified as a felony, which can put you in prison for a long time and take away your gun rights forever.
To be able to enforce UBCs, the government will have to implement a mandated universal gun registration scheme, followed by mandated “compliance inspections” in your home to verify that you registered all your guns and that you still have them. Even those who don’t own guns could be required to register as “non-gun owners,” and would also be subject to compliance inspections for verification!
With UBCs, it becomes easier for the government to confiscate your guns since the government will know exactly which guns you own. And you’d better have all those registered guns, and no others, when the government breaks down your door! Combine this with the impending threat of Red Flag Laws and you have the perfect storm for persecution of gun owners.
The claim that UBCs are supposed to stop criminals from getting access to firearms is FALSE! In reality, UBCs only restrict lawful gun owners, discourage gun ownership, and turn otherwise law-abiding people into unwitting felons. The real goal of UBCs (and other so-called “gun safety” legislation) is to make gun ownership as painful as possible, reducing both the number of gun owners and the number of guns in civilian hands.