“Gun Safety” activists who are trying to appear reasonable will claim that they support “Common Sense” reforms to gun laws.
One of their common fallbacks is “universal background checks” – in other words, running a background check for every single transfer of a gun, whether sold at Cabela’s, or handed down from Grandpa to grandchild, or a friend lending a friend a rifle for a hunting trip.
Of course, these background checks – which add $50-100 to the cost of every firearm sold, further driving them out of the reach of poor people – have been the law of the land in California for years. And from the investigation into the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, we see how well they work:
On Thursday, one of the federal government sources told The Times that Farook asked his friend and neighbor, Enrique Marquez, to buy two military-style rifles used in the attacksbecause he feared he “wouldn’t pass a background check” if he attempted to acquire the weapons on his own. The rifles were bought at a local gun store, the source said.
So – we’ve got a “Straw Purchase” – a legal buyer making a purchase in the stead of an illegal one, which is illegal under federal law – followed by…:
There was no paperwork transferring ownership of the assault rifles from Marquez to Farook, as required by California law, government officials told The Times.
But wait! They broke the law, even though it requires a background check for private transfers!
Surely there must be some mistake!