Originally Posted by Direckshun
A database on guns would actually point us to the small percentage of gun retailers that are derelict/negligent/criminal in their responsibility to sell guns to responsible citizens.
I disagree that forcing everyone to register their weapons in order to catch a small percentage of gun retailers is a good idea.
It reminds me of the argument on CP a while back about forcing everyone to have a voter ID in order to catch the small percentage of voter fraud. To inconvenience (and catalogue) the majority in order to stop something in the minority isn't right. I also sincerely doubt that any governing body with that kind of information would use that registration solely for it's intended purpose of catching bad sellers.
Another, and far less intrusive to the individual citizen, way of accomplishing that same goal would be to force FFLs to keep close inventory of all weapons and be subject to random audit by the ATF or whatever other governing body you want to put in charge of that.