Further Proof the Background Check Issue is a Red Herring

Illinois passes more gun control, including ending private transfers. Keep in mind you need to have a license in Illinois to own a gun, and to sell a gun to someone else, they also need to have a license. It requires a background check to obtain a license, and they revoke those licenses if someone commits a crime or otherwise becomes prohibited from owning firearms. It is, under any rational way of thinking, a perfect substitute for instant background checks.

However, that wasn’t enough. The background check issue is a total red herring. The gun control movement pushes universal registration under that rubric because background checks poll a lot better than registration. That’s their true goal. It goes back to what Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign to Save our Phony Baloney Jobs), said in 1976:

“I’m convinced that we have to have federal legislation to build on. We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. Of course, it’s true that politicians will then go home and say, ‘This is a great law. The problem is solved.’ And it’s also true that such statements will tend to defuse the gun-control issue for a time. So then we’ll have to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen that law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years. The problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition — except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors — totally illegal.”

Emphasis mine. Once upon a time, they weren’t so concerned about hiding their end game from the public. Background checks don’t really help them get anywhere. In fact, it probably helps take them backwards in the sense that it would destroy some of their most effective rhetoric without really giving them anything in return. The only things that prevents universal registration is the fact that guns can be bought and sold by people who are not Federal Firearms Licensees. If all transactions were to go through an FFL, we’d have de facto universal registration of all firearms within a generation.

UPDATE: See here. It would seem the private transfer provisions of this law are meaningless, and are being played up to make it seem like they actually won something.

6 thoughts on “Further Proof the Background Check Issue is a Red Herring”

  1. There’s also a considerable overlap between those that are gung-ho about Universal Background checks and those that think Voter ID is racist.

    It’s fascinating how the former can be held in a mind that believes the latter.

    Well, the easy answer is that they don’t believe gun ownership is a right.
    Or they think that a disproportionately racist law is okay if it serves a greater public good.

    But, in my experience, most antis simply refuse to address the incongruity. And those that do simply assert that asking ID for X is racist but asking ID for Y is not.

    I’ve yet to have one gun control advocate take the easy answer of “See voter ID isn’t a burden and is a sensible precaution against voter fraud, why can’t we do the same for guns?”

    And this isn’t even getting into the background check and logging of your gun / logging of your vote.

  2. Except for those guns bought in private transfer and passed down, unless my kids are idiots no one will ever know who got what when I die.

    This is how it should be…..

  3. I don’t remember a bill like this anywhere. No one brought it up at all until it just got signed. Did someone drop the ball. I thought they were all dead and the legislature on break or something. The news just came out of nowhere. Did they sneak it by or what?

    I also have to wonder if it is anything like the original schumer bill where if you leave your house, hand a gun to someone else even on your property and so much as touching a gun you do not own is a 5 year felony.

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