The number of guns being purchased has greatly increased over the years. There are concerns regarding gun ownership, such as the type of guns that should be availed for the public to purchase when it’s legal to use your gun? Where can one carry their gun? And if owning a gun makes one feel safe or even restricting gun ownership keeps people safe. These are some of the concerns that come with gun ownership.
Benefits of owning a gun
• Protecting oneself and his/her family
• Sometimes it helps to save lives
Things you need to know before owning a gun
Who is legally allowed to sell a gun? Most people don’t know who is legally allowed to sell guns. An individual with federal firearm licenses (FFT) are the ones who have a legal right to buy or sell guns. The license is issued by ATF, and they monitor the records of the firearms sold and if they have a question regarding the firearms they reach out to the seller or manufacturer.
What happens when you buy a gun from a federal firearm licensed company? First, the individual is given a 4473 form which is issued by ATF. The form requires the individual to give identifiable information like their address, date of birth, ethnicity, age, and sex. The form also asks if the individual has ever been convicted for domestic violence or any felony, whether the individual has ever been admitted in a mental institution or whether it has been discharged from armed forces dishonorably. The information is then forwarded to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) which checks if there is any reason that one should not be allowed to buy a gun. NICS take three days to give a response and if they don’t respond then the sale is approved by default if the application will be denied, the FFT will only be updated on the denial without any specifications on why.
How are gun records kept? Gun records are not electronically stored, but they are stored manually, thus giving the accessibility to only AFT. When a firearm shop closes, they are thus requested to send all their gun records to ATF’s out of business record center.
How are traces run for a gun involved in a crime? If a gun was used to commit a crime, it could easily be traced back to the owner by the law enforcement looking for any trace on the gun that connects it to the crime committed. The law enforcers can e-trace or electronically trace the gun. ATF looks at the serial number of the gun and can trace the manufacturer of the gun. Then the manufacturer provides information about the FFT who bought the gun. Then the FFT uses their acquisition and deposition book to check the purchaser’s information on the 4473 form that the purchaser filled.
What to do when your gun get lost In the event, of losing your gun, you need to report to the local police department so that if the gun gets used to commit a crime, you will have already had a record of reporting the stolen or lost gun. It’s important that people know that not everyone is meant to own a gun, and owning a gun is not an assurance of safety. On the other hand, carrying a gun without self-defense training can result in more problems than good.