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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dave Kopel: Everytown's "Expanded" Background Checks a Bait and Switch

Last week, Dave Kopel wrote two columns on the Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy that lays bare the real intentions behind the call for "expanded" or "universal" background checks that Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety pushes. wrote about the first piece that discussed the impact the proposal has on firearm safety training, something you would think Everytown would support.  The second piece dealt with how "universal" background checks is a de facto handgun ban for people under the age of 21.  Federal law prohibits those people from purchasing a handgun from a dealer.  But those individuals are not banned from possessing a handgun under federal law.  They can use a family's gun at the range or receive them as a gift from a family member.  But under so-called universal background checks, they would not be able to even do that as those checks have to go through a dealer and dealers cannot transfer a handgun to someone under the age of 21.  Kopel calls "universal background checks as proposed by Everytown (and implemented in Washington State) a classic bait-and-switch, presenting one thing, but doing another.  He appeared on NRANews' Cam and Company to discuss both articles.

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