I really don't care about background checks...
I am *totally* against gun registries.
There is a huge difference between licensing your car vs licensing your guns.
Background checks are done BEFORE arms are purchased.
No firearm database is maintained. Ever.
No registry means nothing is confiscated.
These checks are done routinely for a variety of valid reasons.
Employment, security clearances, and various purchases.
The background check database is only as accurate as the folks who update it.
There are well documented cases of bona-fide nutbags not being entered into this database.
As a result, the nutbag passes the background check and goes on to kill people with guns, fists and cars.
If a guy fails a background check, the authorities can start due process and present their findings to a judge.
Firearms are never mentioned, because they (should not) have a firearm registry.
If they can persuade the judge to issue a warrant that is more substantial than a fishing expedition, they can move forward.
There is a huge difference between a Background check and a gun registry.