Lately many letters have appeared criticizing lawmakers stating “90% of Americans favor background checks, why didn’t they do anything?”
As an owner of firearms and a proponent of the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms, I will say that I and most people I know do not oppose background checks before transferring a firearm to a non-family member. However, many of the bills introduced, both state and federal, had clauses deep in their text that included restrictions on ownership and bans on particular styles of firearms.
I’m sure a bill that addressed only the checks, and nothing else, would have had a better chance. Additionally the proposed process for these checks included fees and local law-enforcement involvement, which in many areas was an unreasonable burden.
Why not give the general public access to the resources to conduct and document the background check and not have fees or the burden on public services? This was not an option.
Now that there is a move to put this to a public vote, I would caution voters to read the text on any proposed legislation before deciding. Many times, hidden agendas are more to blame for failed legislation than ignorance.