Although I personally have bought every one of my guns from licensed dealers and gone through the background checks, I really regard the whole concept to be a violation of the 2nd Amendment. What part of "shall not be infringed" don't they understand? According to the 2nd Amendment, even the most rotten criminal should be able to "keep and bear arms". The criminals never let the law bother them anyway, so what good do the background checks do? The criminals steal the guns they use, or buy them from someone else who has stolen them. And the laws that require the police agencies to destroy the records are ignored, because they microfiche the forms before they are destroyed, and the 4473 forms are kept forever. So background checks are usable for the purpose of identifying gun owners for when confiscation time comes. The feds are not our friends. That is one of the major reasons for the Bill of Rights, to protect us from the government.