I am not a member of the NRA but I believe in the Second Amendment. There has been a lot of talk recently about universal background checks. The reason many people dismiss the idea is because most proposals are blatantly designed to keep people from buying any gun. Person-to-person sales are not now regulated. The proposals I have seen require going to a gun dealer to have a background check done before the gun is transferred. In this scenario the gun dealer takes all the risk and effectively loses a sale. He obviously will charge a significant amount for the service. Most law-abiding people wanting to sell a gun do not want to sell to someone who should not have a gun.

The simple solution is to require the two parties to go to ANY police station and let the police, at no cost, run the background check. This would ensure the person purchasing the gun is allowed to; otherwise, the police will arrest him. It would also verify that the gun is not stolen. If you gave immunity to the police to offer an opinion, they could also advise against the sale if they knew of issues with the purchaser that made the sale ill advised. This method would also avoid the possibility of phony advertisements designed to lure victims to a robbery. If proposals for universal background checks actually facilitated person-to-person sales between law-abiding people, they would not meet with so much resistance.

Which proposal you support just depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I have proposed this to legislators but have not gotten a positive response yet.

Jim Reese, Niceville