Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns. These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.I know a HUGE AMOUNT of GUN VIOLENCE is committed with Corporate Machine Guns.(more heavy sarcasm)Since 1988, there have been 2 crimes committed by legally owned machine guns. None since 1992, so this is a very significant law. It might have an impact on one whole crime every other decade. Like people have said, Gun control, has nothing to do with guns. It is all about control.
· However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation. At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run. ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
· Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole. The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually. By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.
What this law does is cost money. It will cost lots of money to do background checks on all stockholders in a corporation. It will cost lots of money to assure that only those with background checks will have access to the firearm. And why? To stop, maybe, 1 crime a decade?