During the early days of the 2020 Democrat presidential primary Senator Kamala Harris called for “universal background checks.” Keep in mind, all firearm sales and transfers are already federally regulated. The government stops short of entirely controlling what you choose to do with your own private property, but those federal requirements regarding legal possession according to the state where the buyer is domiciled. The current background check system spits out a lot of false positives and errors (check out James O’Keefe’s case) and this is a problem that will expand as Democrats expand the system. The problems will expand because Democrats refuse to address the system’s current issues.
UBCs, for short, would create a de-facto gun registry. How? Regular citizens can’t initiate a background check with the NICS system. Those who have federal firearms licenses can, but regular citizens cannot. Fees for checks can be, and become, expensive. Consider it the 2A version of the “poll tax.” I also don’t believe that a government that would force all lawful citizens into a UBC racket would stop at requiring them simply to pay an existing FFL to facilitate the transfer — nor do I believe a Democrat-controlled Washington wouldn’t just demand FFLs send over all of your private data with the flick of a pen.
In order for regular citizens to access NICS, they need:
Harris supports universal background checks, via her cached campaign page:
Harris also wants to ban commonly-owned semi-auto rifles:
“When we look at the issue of assault weapons, let’s be very clear: Assault weapons are designed to kill a lot of people in a very short period time,” Harris said in Nashua. She added: “We cannot any longer afford to allow people to make this a partisan issue. Those guns, those assault weapons, do not discriminate and determine, OK, is the the person pointing it at a Democrat or a Republican. This can no longer be a partisan issue.”
Harris ignores that illegally possessed handguns used in the commission of violent felonies statistically by repeat offenders (gang members and drug deals factor in significantly) in major metropolitan areas drive the homicide rate; to acknowledge this truth is to undermine gun control’s position. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke outmaneuvered Harris when he took the gun control crown by being the loudest in the room, shouting “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your guns, your AR-15s!” (Reminder: O’Rourke is who Biden said he’d choose for a gun control czar.)
Ironically, the same ideology that produced destructive, murderous riots from bad policing also produced a national Democrat ticket with a combined record of bad legislating and bad policing.