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February 4, 2013

Background Checks Can't Be Used as Gun Registry

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So, what has Obama said about a national registry? As Time magazine has noted, Obama in 2008 was asked about the idea during a debate and appeared to rule it out. "I don't think that we can get that done," he said. "But what I do think we can do is to provide just some common-sense enforcement."

Benton declined to provide a comment for the record.

Benton's scare tactics do not pass muster. Foes of Obama's proposals are welcome to leap to all sorts of assumptions about the impact of proposed laws, but such assumptions must be grounded in facts.

Considering that McConnell was directly responsible for enacting legislation that greatly limits the ability of the federal government to create a federal registry, Benton's claim that Obama's proposal for universal background checks would lead to "full-scale confiscation" of guns is especially strange.

Creating such a registry, let alone confiscating guns, would require overturning a federal law that bears McConnell's fingerprints — something highly unlikely in a divided Congress.

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