Fight universal background checks
At the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, Senator Leahy said that gun dealers approach him wanting universal background checks or UBCs so that everybody who sold guns would be on an equal footing. Dealers, please don’t do this.
I can understand why you would support UBC. In addition to an equal footing, UBC would also mean more income for you. But I’ve seen this before and it didn’t work out well.
About 10 years ago, California instituted UBC — with the support of gun dealers. Once it was enacted, all gun sales had to go through a dealer. That made dealers a bottleneck for gun sales. Therefore, they became a ripe target for anti-gun local politicians and bureaucrats.
Shortly after UBC passage, California cut the number of dealers to a quarter of what they were. In fact, this year alone, 300 dealers have been run out of business.
In fact, California has 61 times the population of Vermont but only six times the number of gun shops. So, dealers, please don’t put a target on your backs. Fight against universal background checks.