Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Money for Background Check System

 The Mineola Patch reports

The House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science appropriated $12 million – more than double the previous fiscal year – for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s (NICS) fiscal year 2013 budget Thursday.  The fiscal year 2012 appropriation was only $5 million.

As the House sponsor of the Fix Gun Checks Act, the bill would strengthen the nation’s Instant Criminal Background Check System by (a) requiring a background check for every gun sale in America and (b) implementing a set of incentives and penalties for states to put the names of dangerous criminals and the dangerously mentally ill into the no-buy gun database.
What's your opinion? How can anybody object to this? I find it amazing that so many gun-rights folks do.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. Question:

    How do you enforce this against the 300+ million guns already in circulation?

    Please explain.

    1. You guys are the ones who keep telling us the majority of those guns are owned by law-abiding citizens. Most of them will want to continue to be law-abiding, even if the laws mean a bit more inconvenience.

    2. That's not an explanation.

  2. 1. Carolyn McCarthy came up with it, and I oppose any of her ideas on principle.

    2. Criminals won't bother with the new law any more than they bother trying to comply with the ones already existing.

    3. Selling a gun in a private sale isn't a bad act. Shooting someone illegally is a bad act. When you can understand the difference, you'll understand our side much better.

    1. 1. That makes you close-minded and biased.
      2. The law will appeal to you law-abiding gun owners to stop selling your property to anyone you want without making them submit to a background check. It does not require compliance by criminals.
      3. Selling a gun in a private sale without requiring the buyer to submit to a background check should be illegal.

    2. 1. You've seen the idiotic proposals that she's made over the years, right? There are people who aren't worthy of my time. She's demonstrated that she hates guns, but knows nothing about them. So much for her.

      2. No, that law won't appeal to us. But why do you think that we're the problem? You just admitted that criminals won't care. This shows that you aren't really worried about criminals. You're worried about law-abiding gun owners. That's why I doubt your claims that you don't want to take away our guns.

      3. Regulation makes sense when there's a broad effect in the act, but selling a gun is a small event and not an inherent evil.

      With regard to your comment above, there comes a point at which the law has slipped into tyranny. Then it is no law. It's merely force.

  3. While I'm not too familiar with the lady I am with Greg on 2 and 3. I'm also against more than doubling the budget of a federal program when the government is as in debt as it is. Go ahead and claim $7 million isn't anything compared to the federal budget but its exactly that mentality that keeps any cuts from really happening.
    And I don't remember anyone saying "Gee that NICS is great but we really need to give it more than twice its budget for it to really do a better job" You don't hear it because they have more than enough now.

  4. (a) requiring a background check for every gun sale in America
    (a) requiring a background check for every gun sale in America

    I for one object because at the same time they require the check, they don't allow me to actually request a check as a seller. Only FFLs are allowed to request the FBI to conduct a background check on a buyer. Require me to do something that I am not allowed to do? Yep, that’s gun control for you.

    Well I for one object because at the same time they require the check, they don't allow me to actually request a check as a seller.

  5. Here is my criticism. What good is the NICS? I hear that people use false names and/or phony driver's licenses and clear the system every time. If it's that easy to circumvent it -- and criminals exist to circumvent just about anything ever invented -- why bother?

    More importantly, how can we quantitatively measure the effectiveness of the NICS? Any system (whether government or private) needs to have a way to measure its effectiveness so that policy makers can decide if/how to improve the system or whether to shut down the system. I don't see any way to do that in this case.

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