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We could easily make this background check universal and part of voter registration so that we have one stop shopping as it were. Are you eligible to purchase a gun or vote? We'd know if intelligent heads prevailed here.
So long as there is no fee or effective poll tax for private transfers, then it won't threaten civil rights. We could tie these databases into the same system that could be used to check a persons eligibility to vote, be licensed, or obtain public services or benefits. It could improve society immenslely.
Tie the background check into the voter registration system. One verified ID to either purchase firearms or VOTE. This is an idea that is long overdue.
"Tie the background check into the voter registration system. One verified ID to either purchase firearms or VOTE. This is an idea that is long overdue." - Why stop there, we should be verifying eligibility anytime anyone seeks a license, a permit, or any public service or benefit. If there is one thing people have made clear in this debate is we need to know that the individual who is presenting himself for something need to be identified as eligible be it purchasing a firearm, voting, or obtaining a public service.
I think most people have no problem with a system that quickly, fairly and easily allows for voters' identities to be checked at the polls. The problem is the whole "Voter ID" movement doesn't meet those standards.
"The problem is the whole "Voter ID" movement doesn't meet those standards." So scrapd that voter ID concept and get onboard with a national instant background check for these sorts of things.
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