For one, criminals tend to ignore laws and are loath to provide their personal identification in the midst of pursuing criminal activity. As Glenn Kessler reported in the Washington Post this week, a 2004 survey of inmates in state prisons who were incarcerated for crimes committed with handguns found that only 11% bought their guns from licensed gun dealers. The vast majority acquired them from friends, on “the street,” or stole them. So now matter how well intentioned, background checks are bound to miss the very people whose backgrounds may prevent them from owning guns.
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