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GUNS: Idea could avoid record-keeping

Letter by Tom D. Hedglin, Tacoma on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm | No Comments »
February 19, 2013 1:30 pm

You can be sure that someday in the future, ”universal background check” records will be used as a way to identify gun owners and the guns they have.

I have an idea that might allow everyone who can legally have them to buy guns and ammo with no record being created.

Your driver’s license or identification card would have a space for endorsements such as for motorcycle driving. Everyone who passes a background check would have a gun-ownership endorsement on their driver’s license/ID card. If for some reason you lost the right to own a gun, a hole would be punched through the endorsement and a new license/ID card would be issued.

With the endorsement you could buy guns from gun shops, gun shows or individuals with no identifying record being kept. Selling a gun to anyone without an endorsement would be a crime.

The endorsement would not necessarily identify you as a gun owner. Many people would get the endorsement in order to retain their right to have a gun in the future, if they so desired. Neither would the lack of an endorsement necessarily identify those who could not pass a background check.


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