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But from a nuts and bolts standpoint, universal background checks can’t really work until the FBI automates the NICS system and opens it up to the public.

Right now you have to be a FFL dealer to run a background check. How can regular citizens comply with the law when they are barred from using the system?

Go to an FFL dealer, you say?

That would be fine if they didn’t charge $15–20 for the inconvenience of wasting employee time on a transaction they don’t profit from.

This type of legislation could legitimately get struck down by the courts if the right argument was made, because it places an undue financial burden on the poor. Just like all those voter ID laws that have been falling like dominos.

The FBI has to get their act together before this can happen for real.

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