Quote of the Day – Joe Huffman (1/30/2013)

Any attempt at gun registration in the U.S. will result in massive non-compliance on a scale that will make alcohol prohibition look like first graders failing to stay in a straight line while waiting to go on recess.

Joe HuffmanBackground Checks

January 29th, 2013


[That is the most accurate example I've seen because with what's going on in New York it's obvious he's correct.

Now I hadn't thought about a license endorsement and that would work on the condition that it was automatic.  Everyone who satisfied the requirements was automatically endorsed.

I'm not a fan of the background check BS, however if we're going to get stuck with it, we need to find a way to make it work and remove the loopholes they're trying to create.  Though the idea of a public number to conduct background checks could be interesting.

Daughter has a new boyfriend?  Time to check him out.  Going on a date?  Verify they're not a felon.  The number of ways this could be misused gives a solution to the idea of them recording every last call to make a registry would be impossible.  For those of us in the security world, it's yet another example of the bane or benefit of false positives, positive or negative depends on which direction you're looking.

The drivers license solution would serve an additional benefit of replacing NICS and decreasing additional costs.  Your background check is renewed every time you renew your license.  There is the problem though of the Feds could say that a national ID card would be required for the endorsement and give them another foot in the door for "Real ID."  No matter how hard you try, it's a cut towards the freedom of the law abiding, criminals don't care. -B]

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.

About Barron Barnett

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.
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5 Responses to Quote of the Day – Joe Huffman (1/30/2013)

  1. Archer says:

    I left a comment there, and I’ll note it here, too.

    Replace NICS with BIDS (Blind Identification Database System). An encrypted, downloadable (or CD-deliverable) “black-list” of prohibited persons, not including the reasons for being on the list. The check happens on-site (as opposed to calling the FBI NICS line), and is actually “instant”. No permanent records, no back-door registry, and FAR cheaper to implement and run than NICS.

    But because there’s no possibility of the back-door registry, don’t expect the anti-freedom folks to jump on board with it.

    • Barron says:

      Too easy to abuse by the state.

      The number of false positives even within the current system is problematic. That’s all those delays you get and it takes additional work to find out whether or not it’s actually a different person.

      The gun shop will not have the resources to clear that up.

      • Archer says:

        True. It wouldn’t clear up all the issues with NICS, and there’d still need to be a process to either a) confirm you’re not on the list, in case of a false positive; and b) get off the list if you find yourself on it. The FBI will still need some kind of help line to assist with that.

        But, I believe the positive merits are still there: instant check that’s actually instant; reduced operating cost (since they won’t need that contracted call center, or at least they won’t need as large of one); no back-door registry; and one more that I didn’t think of: gun sales nation-wide aren’t halted when NICS goes down or is otherwise unavailable (as has happened).

  2. Duane says:

    Possible problem with tying the Background Check into License renewal. CA renews every 4 years, AZ you don’t need to renew your license until you are 65. Also in AZ if you have a CCW the BC is already tied in and you only need to fill out the 4473.