Originally Posted by lordmayhem
But I am for law abiding citizens having the right to protect themselves and the lives of their family IAW the 2nd Ammendment and applicable USSC rulings. I'm not for unrestricted carry, but I do think there should be a way to restrict people with mental health issues and people convicted of violent felonies from obtaining firearms. The gun show loophole should be closed I think.
I am all for due process iaw the 5th Amendment being used to restrict or eliminate the 2A rights of some people. One of my sisters is mentally and physically disabled. She is on permanent disability and is in an adult assisted living type of arrangement. She should definitely not get near a gun. But I think she should have 2A rights until a court hears the facts and decides.
Rights should always be about choice not mandate. So those who choose not to keep or bear arms are fine by me. I am for unrestricted but not mandated gun ownership.
The gun show loophole is not. A private citizen is permitted under federal law and most states' laws to buy or sell firearms, ammunition, knives, or other weapons. As long as it is not a business there is no requirement for a federal firearms dealer license. So whether the transaction takes place in my living room or in a big get together with lots of other enthusiasts should make no difference.
The call to close the "loophole" is really an attempt at boiling the frog to outlaw all private sales. The stated goal by many who actively push for closing that "loophole" is to first require all transactions be run through the federal background database, and then to make all private sales illegal.
The reason I am so strongly opposed is that this is indeed boiling the frog and sliding down the slippery slope. It sounds good to background check all purchasers, even private sales. But it then requires using the federal data base and check system. Do you really think there is no abuse even now by fed.gov? Federal law says they keep no records yet there are many stories of BATFE and DHS showing up tracking things down which could only have been done by accessing stored records.