The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bearing Arms
John R. Lott is a name well known in gun rights circles. He’s kind of our go-to when it comes to information on how fewer guns mean more crime and vice versa. Let’s be frank. When the man speaks, we tend to listen.
When he takes to the pages of the New York Times, however, there’s a chance a lot more people will listen.
This time, he attacks the idea of background check reform not being the answer to violence.
The background check measures before Congress aim to improve enforcement of existing law and increase such reporting by imposing financial penalties on government officials whose agencies fail to provide required information. That’s a good goal, but any proposal should also fix another major problem with the background check system: false positives that stop law-abiding people from getting weapons that they might need to protect themselves andpost was originally published on this site