Universal background checks make it a crime for gun owners to buy, sell, or give away firearms to anyone, even members of their immediate family, without first going through a federal NICS check. But a NICS check creates a paper trail that the FBI can use to track gun owners. Further, almost every mass shooting of the last fifteen years was carried out by a murderer who passed or bypassed these checks. They are worthless at stopping violent crime.
DETAILS ON THIS LEGISLATION
- Criminalizes private party sales by making it a felony to buy, sell, or transfer a firearm without first submitting to a federal NICS check
- Creates an ever-growing list of gun owners which could easily be used by the federal government in any future attempted gun confiscations
- Any legislative carve outs for transfers between family could be easily done away with by additional legislation
- Have been repeatedly proven ineffective at stopping violent criminals
WHAT GUN OWNERS WANT
Gun owners in Iowa see Universal Background Check legislation as a thinly veiled firearms registry, nothing more. We reject the idea that ‘if you have nothing to hide, background checks shouldn’t be a problem.’ The last thing our members want is to give the federal government a list of gun owners. We value our privacy in this area, since the private ownership of firearms is the last line of defense against violent criminals and a tyrannical government alike. There is no ‘good’ version of this legislation that we’d support.
Iowa Gun Owners is 100% OPPOSED to any form of this legislation on behalf of our members. Our members are active, having propelled the ‘Freedom Amendment’ to pass with over 65% of the vote in 2022 and defeating anti-gun candidates at the state and federal level going back to 2010.
AARON DORR, CHAIRMAN (CELL 712-461-1401)
JERED TAYLOR, LEGISLATIVE LIASON (CELL 417-317-4291)
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