A Senate panel has been trying to hammer out a bill to require that all private gun sales include background checks. Record keeping is holding it up:
The senators have been bargaining quietly over ways to expand the checks to private sales. But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a conservative who has taken a leading role in the talks, has opposed requiring record keeping for private transactions because of a concern it could lead to a national registry of gun owners, which is vehemently opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.
Democrats say keeping records of private sales is the only way to ensure the checks are performed, and say fears of the creation of a federal gun registry are unfounded. They have offered to have gun manufacturers or other private entities, not the government, keep those records.
It’s still a record, which can be leaked or subpoenaed. Democrats say, ‘have no fear?’ That’s what they said about fears of having guns confiscated. Just look at some of the legislation being crafted in state houses across America today.
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