Democrats Universal Background Check Law Might Actually Help Criminals Shop for Guns

April 3 2013
by GSL Staff
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The Heritage Foundation, in a blog post, has pointed out a possible way that the Democrats upcoming Universal Background Check law might actual provide criminals with a way to ‘shop around’ for guns by assessing which states have the weakest background check compliance.

Got to love the unintended consequences of (seems like there’s a lot of those in legislation recently) from stricter gun control legislation.

The following is an excerpt from the Heritage Foundation blog post,

Independent of the legal question about spending conditions, the legislation takes one more step that is unwise. Section 112(b) of the Reid bill provides that: “Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, and every year thereafter, the Attorney General shall publish, and make available on a publicly accessible website, a report that ranks the States by the ratio of the number of records submitted by each State under sections 102 and 103 of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (18 U.S.C. 922 note) to the estimated total number of available records of the State.”

In other words, the Attorney General must publish an annual list of states that are doing poorly in submitting their criminal records to the NICS. What a handy list for a criminal looking to buy a gun—he need only peruse the Attorney General’s list of states to know whether he has a good chance in his state of passing a background check so that he can buy a firearm in violation of federal law.

The bill, backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to be taken up by the Senate in coming weeks. Some members of the GOP have pledged to filibuster the bill in the Senate and it will face a very hard time in the Republican controlled House.

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