Gun advocates, What would be bad about creating a centralized database of gun sales?

Currently most gun sales are required to be reported to the ATF. The ATF isn't allowed to put that information into a database. Instead they have to put copies of the records into a filing cabinet. That is the most the ATF is allowed by law.

So in TV shows detectives put in a serial number of a gun into a computer and get back a transaction record instantly. In reality police contact the ATF and then wait for a response that may take a few hours to several weeks to produce a history of a particular gun. Keep in mind that most murders and violent crimes can't be solved after the first 48 hours.

So Gun advocates, what is so horrible about creating a centralized database that you spend 10s of millions every year lobbying states and federal government not to create one?

Update:

So what Mike? Saddam Hussein went through his country and made certain that every man, woman, and child had the opportunity to learn to read no matter their economic status. Are you saying we should abandon similar efforts in our country?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Ruby Ridge!!!!! ATF, FBI, US Marshal Service, William Barr

    Branch Davidians!!!!! ATF. FBI. Janet Reno

    Telling the government who owns a gun seems to paint a target on them, their wives and their children. As soon as the police go to jail for killing innicent people or deliberately escalating situations until their only option is killing people, the police have too much power already. They don't get more.

    I could care less about police detective work. CA has no problem chasing down convicted felons, people with family violence restraining orders and chasing them down and confiscating weapons. All without a NATIONAL database. Go figure

    Source(s): Liberal gun owning BA in Political Science, retiredUnion member
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  • Why should the government be able to have a list to possible be used for malicious purposes of people exercising their second amendment right? It's called a RIGHT for a reason, a centralized database would turn it even further into a 'privilege' the government is allowing us to have.

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  • Mike
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    7 years ago

    "For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future." ---- Adolf Hitler

    It's important to know history so you don't repeat the mistakes of the past.

    EDIT: Right after this gun registration he started confiscating them and rounding up those opposing his Nazi regime.

    They were immediately executed. German and Christian minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of those men.

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  • willie
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    sure..., and while we are at it, let's have a centralized database on all the books you read, buy or check out from the library. also, anything you write on the internet.

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