Finally, universal background checks would never be universal. Does anyone believe that criminals selling guns to other criminals are going to require background checks? Universal background checks would apply to every transfer of guns. An otherwise law-abiding citizen could not legally sell or give any gun to a family member or friend without a background check.
Ridiculous laws breed contempt for those laws, and such a law would be widely ignored. Vice President Joe Biden was recently quoted as saying, "Nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter the possibility of another mass shooting ..." so what is the point? It's understandable that people want to "do something," but passing any legislation with nothing to recommend it other than emotion is never a good idea.
Carl R. Catherman, Mifflinburg