Originally Posted by notorious
When I received my first AR15, I traded a floor refinish for the rifle and it was as simple as him handing me the rifle.
That scares me. I don't want to sound like an elitist asshole, but there are a lot of people out there that shouldn't be trusted with a rubberband gun. He knew I was a good guy, but there are a lot of private sells out there in which the seller knows nothing about the buyer.
What can we do about that? Probably nothing.
There's a pretty good reason why private-party transactions are not background-checked. Felons already know they cant have a weapon, if they have one for whatever reason, they'll be punished for it.
You obviously cant enforce at the point of sale like you can with a dealer, so your enforcement mechanism is to bring the hammer down later after the gun becomes relevant for some reason, and its discovered that the original owner did not follow the rules.
This isn't always going to be a nefarious character selling guns to criminals, often we'll be asked to send a dad to jail for giving a gun to his son for his birthday. Or pick any other family/friend relationship. More than likely they will not even have been the one to commit whatever act of violence, the gun was stolen, the shooter is in jail, and while figuring out where the gun came from we find out it was stolen from the son of the original buyer, and now we want one or both of those guys in jail, too? You really want to do that?