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The Absurdity Of ‘Universal’ Background Checks

April 14, 2013
By Sheldon Richman (

Those who favor "universal" background checks on gun buyers make some ridiculous arguments. For example, opponents correctly point out that gun buyers with criminal intent will always find channels that require no background check. Gunrunning is among the oldest professions, and the black market will always be with us. Thus the promise of universal background checks - even if that were a legitimate government activity - is a fraud, because universality can't possibly be achieved.



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