OPINION QUESTION: Do you think background checks work?


@KevinM definitely has an opinion on whether or not background checks work or not (you can see that here)

What do you think, do background checks work?

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How many times do you see a pic of a police bust online and the caption says all the guns were stolen? I don’t think it’ll work, just another headache for me and you.


I don’t particularly care if they work or not. I’m still against them. I look at it like this. We the people need the government to be scared of us. Not the other way around. We also need to be able to defend ourselves against criminals. If the price of freedom is some illegal gun violence than as far as I’m concerned this is part of the cost to be paid for freedom. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try and midigate illegal gun violence. What I am saying is if we are going to remain a free people, said violence is always going to be part of the equation.


Only Law Abiding citizens get background checked. Criminals buy illegal firearms.


They only work as well as they are enforced. Most of the time you see them failing is because things are not reported that should be. I.E. the military veteran discharged for domestic violence but it was never reported to civilian law enforcement hence it never stopped him from buying a firearm.

At the end of the day bad people will find a way to do bad things. It’s a personal choice to either accept this fact and prepare for it, OR put your head in the ground and pretend it’ll never happen to you.

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Yes, not perfect but better than none.


First, there is no such thing as an illegal gun. There are guns in the hands of undesirable people, criminal or not. Background checks are wrong too. It’s just another step towards banning constitutional right to bear arms from people.


Background checks only work when the info is in the system, the seller submits it, and the buyer is being honest. Little Johnny gangbanger buying a gun from the back of a van in a Chicago alley, isn’t doing all of that. In those cases, background checks are stopping ZERO crimes. In fact, the whole act of that transaction is a crime. I don’t agree with the NICS system. It does nothing but hinder law abiding citizens.


Yes for good guy. But the bad guys or gals are always going get a gun the do there crimes…


Plain and simple is that it is only as good as the information provided by ALL the submitting agencies.
Background checks, done right, are a good thing to keep firearms out of the hands of felons, known terrorists and those undergoing mental health issues.
UNIVERSAL background checks, on the other hand, are not effective without a GUN REGISTRATION system which I am totally against.


Phil, as a retired LE I have come to know that criminals are not always the brightest people and have tried to purchase firearms knowing they are felons and the background check (conducted at the place of purchase) stopped the sale. Yes, I do agree that many felons purchase through “straws” and through other illegal means. Keeping the integrity of legal FFLs is imminent to ward off further governmental intrusions into firearms controls.


I guess that depends on what information they are looking for and how it will be used. As far as to help with criminal activity I think it has little to no effect. If someone wants to harm other individuals they will find a way. Personally I would rather have a shooter to deal with rather than being told a bomb is about to go off.

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I see the point of doing back ground check, but I think they’re worthless. It’s not stopping anyone from getting what they want, good or bad. :us:

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It is not a perfect system and we have known for many years that the FBI is overburdened and doesn’t have the resources to do it properly they would also work better if things were enforced better
All things being equal and if the system work the way it was supposed to then yes they would work more