Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Oh, Poor Tennessee Gun Owners Must Face Messed-Up Background Checks

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 7:09 AM

In the Tennessean, they have the story of Bob Armentrout, who sometimes has trouble buying a gun in Tennessee.

“I had bought a handgun the day before. It went through fine, no problem. The next day I went to buy a shotgun I had been looking at. It was rejected,” Armentrout said, describing a 2009 purchase. “This past Christmastime, I was buying a little .22-caliber pistol, and it was denied, too. I had to go through the same process.”

He eventually got his guns, but he isn’t alone in his frustration. Tennessee has the highest rate of gun purchase denials in the nation, according to a February report by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2010, Tennessee rejected about 4.3 percent of gun buyers’ purchases based on state criminal background checks, according to the report — more than twice the national average of about 1.5 percent.

This is just one more example of how the NRA is a bunch of shills for gun manufacturers who've managed to fool gun owners into thinking they're an advocacy group for regular folks. Here's a need regular folks have in a very gun-friendly state — we need a TBI database that is correctly updated and filled with accurate information. This may require extra funding. It might require some legislative oomph to make it happen.

But, at the least, it needs someone — say a lobbyist, perhaps from the NRA — to dog the issue and move it forward. And yet, though we've seen a lot of showboating legislation about gun rights, we've not seen any legislation designed to address this practical concern.

Gun owners might do well to start asking themselves why this is. If you've got a legislature full of people who claim to be friendly towards you, why aren't they doing the small things that will make your life easier?

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