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The Gun Registration We Already Have

The lamestream media told you:

We're not asking for a gun registration system to keep us all safe, according to leading gun-control advocates, although other leading gun-control advocates do seek a gun-registration system.

A proposed bill, frequently referred to as a "universal background-check system," which Congress refuses to pass, would enable a gun registration system, according to its critics. It contains language that omits every federal agency, and every federal authority or person from a ban on creating a gun-registration system, with the single exception of the U.S. Attorney General. Gun rights advocates have expressed outrage over the deceptive bill and its sponsors, false campaigning.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The current system for buying any new firearm in the United States requires filing federal paperwork with federally authorized agents known as FFLs without exception.

The FFLs are required to instantly notify the FBI of all such transactions. The FBI's record-keeping procedures for these sales to the public are unknown and there is no audit procedure in place. The FFL records are kept for at least 20 years, first by the FFLs, then by the government forever if the FFL goes out of business.

The procedure the FFLs must follow is more complex than any average citizen realizes. According to the dealers trade association (the NSSF): "75 fields on a Form 4473 need to be properly completed with each firearms transaction," an enormous burden on dealers. NSSF points out that "each error can potentially translate to an unwanted violation." Violations can lead to criminal charges and a loss of the license to operate.

Due to this risk, NSSF recommends developing "sound training, processes and monitoring controls to achieve success... Orchid Advisors is an endorsed compliance information provider for NSSF members," which dealers can use to reduce the risk of filling out one of those 75 fields incorrectly.

Dealers are subject to unannounced audits by armed federal agents, and NSSF reminds its members that, "auditors will be auditors." Calls by uninformed "experts" for additional gun registration overlook the thicket already in place, and the compliance costs already facing the industry. How another government list would stop homicidal maniacs remains unexplained.


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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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