Charles Schumer (Donkey-New York) has introduced the so-called “Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011.” It does a lot to limit those who can legally buy a firearm. The part that has gotten the most attention is the limitations on people who have convictions, or even arrests for drug use or possession. This might lead even some liberals to oppose it, though outside of a few die-hard drug fans, I doubt it.
The part that bothers me the most is the ban of private transfers. The bill would require background checks on ALL transfers. Additionally, it requires that all transfers be done through a licensed dealer or a law enforcement agency with a few exceptions.
Requiring the background checks for ordinary, private transfers is a gross violation of our privacy. I realize that some states in our great country require a citizen to get permission from big brother to purchase a firearm, but the states that still value individual liberty require no such foolishness. (I’m sooooo glad I live in Texas.) This tyranical bill would unconstitutionally eliminate our freedom and override the states’ legitimate authority.
If I read this correctly, I would be immune (as a purchaser) since I have a Concealed Handgun License.
‘(f) Purchase Permits Confirming Background Checks- An unlicensed transferor may transfer a firearm to an unlicensed transferee if the unlicensed transferor verifies that–
‘(1) the unlicensed transferee has presented a valid permit or license that allows the unlicensed transferee to possess, acquire, or carry a firearm;
However, I still oppose this bill as an unwarranted and tyrannical intrusion on the rights of law-abiding citizens by an overreaching and hoplophobic politician. “Shall not be infringed” applies to everyone. In addition, the regulation of firearms is granted to the states under the Tenth Amendment. This is tyranny – soft tyranny, but still tyranny.