Letters to the Editor

This one was so good I figured I would pass it along to my audience as well.
There are tens of thousands of firearm laws in the U.S.A. to which a citizen could fall victim. One of them is Federal Form 4473, which must be completed by any applicant wishing to purchase a firearm from a licensed gun dealer anywhere including a gun show, neighborhood meet or person to person.

Recently defeated background check legislation originally included all (universal) transfers but was modified to exclude some family members. Making a false statement on form 4473 is a felony which carries a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years in prison. Remember there is no parole in the federal system ? only supervised release after serving the full term.

According to the most recent data available from the Department of Justice, the FBI denied 72,659 form 4473 applications in 2010, based on the background check system (NICS). That's just 1.2 percent of the more than 6 million applications processed that year. The system is so rife with errors, that of the 72,659 only 44 applications were considered prosecutable, and only 13 were proven to be form 4473 violations.

Background checks cost the consumer $48 million a year and the taxpayer $30 million a year or $13 per application. (source: Justice Department spokesman Bill Cosh) The cost to USA citizens of the 13 convictions maths out to $6 million per conviction in NICS fees alone.

Bob [redacted]
Thanks for writing it, Bob!

This entry was published Mon Apr 29 05:23:01 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-04-29 05:23:01.0. [Tweet]

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