The Massive Failure of the NICS and Universal Background Checks

Americans shouldn't have to be screened by the government to exercise a constitutionally-protected right.

Not only are background checks (the National Instant Check System and universal background checks) unconstitutional, they epically fail at stopping criminals and crazies from getting guns.

Gun Owners of America has documented how background checks for gun buyers are ineffective, unconstitutional and dangerous. ran several articles within just one week showing how criminals are easily arming themselves without submitting NICS checks.

Just consider these following examples.

1. Criminals often use straw purchases to acquire guns (even though straw purchasing is illegal):

Woman pleads guilty to 7 counts of straw gun purchases

A Pennsylvania woman will serve up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty this week to buying firearms for her nephew who was barred from gun ownership.

Vikki Towns-Perez, 36, of Chester, was sentenced to five to 10 years by a Delaware County Common Pleas Court judge on Tuesday, as reported by the Delaware County Daily Times. Her negotiated plea included six consolidated third-degree felony counts of selling a firearm to an ineligible transferee and one count of the same charge as a second-degree felony.

According to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan’s office, Towns-Perez bought at least nine handguns between February 2012 and May 2013, to include several Kel-Tec 9mm semi-autos. Although she purchased them under her own name, the guns were for her nephew, who she thought to have been convicted of numerous crimes. In each case, Towns-Perez pocketed $150-200.

Five of the handguns went on to be recovered by authorities after being used in felonies. One was tied to a drug-related homicide.

"We know that the vast majority of the illegal guns on the streets used for violence and crime are a result of straw purchases," Whelan said. "In the case of Vikki Towns-Perez, she purchased these guns without any regard for the law, knowingly giving them to an individual she believed to be a criminal."

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