I wrote this before the SOTU speech.
I was thinking what gun control is gonna get through Congress. I think the mag ban and new AWB aren't going to happen. If DiFi forces the issue she may poison the whole think for her side and get nothing at all through. She is dumb enough to shoot herself in her own foot that way (pun indended.)
But if she doesn't do something stupid, the way the GOP is mumbling and whispering, I'd bet the only really onerous thing that goes to the Pres is background checks for ALL transfers. Obama will declare victory, and a backdoor registration system will be in place in place for NEXT time.
Now, I got no problem with universal background checks, with some caveats. We should be able to do it online. It should cost $5. Flashing a valid CCW should adequately subsitute for a check. Background checks shouldn't be triggered until AFTER there is nationwide shall issue in every state and the District, and 51 state reciprocity, so hurry up and pass that NY, IL, MD... (COMPROMISE our way for once). The 1968 GCA should also be modified to allow to interstate face to face sales if a background check is done. And this Home-NICS check should not include serial numbers.
Let's say the Contrarian (MD resident) is introduced to My Buddy the Gun Enthusiast (VA resident) after this law is in effect. Contrarian LOVES MBtGE's Glock Fohty, and MBtGE is looking to sell. A price is settled on and cash is to hand. MBtGE logs onto some website, puts in Contrarian's name and driver's license number and the 'pistol' checkbox is checked, (maybe even Glock and .40 is included in the info) and that's it. PayPal pays the fee to the gummint. $5... maybe $15 at the most. The Feds come back and say "The Contrarian is a good egg according to our records and here is a reference number to keep for your records to prove you didn't unload your pistol onto some criminal reprobate." Money changes hands and Contrarian traipses off to the range for some boomstick fun. Done and done.
Wolfgang goes to a Halloween party with us - We all go as pirates. Sort of like this. It was the "Yappy Hour" at a local brew pub. They meet every month, so we'll go back. Err, not in costume.
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