Adam Winkler on Background Checks

by Robert VerBruggen

I’m open to the idea of requiring background checks for all gun transfers. But as Adam Winkler points out, even if we start with the assumption that universal checks are a good idea, the president’s proposal for expanding checks fails on two counts: One, it exempts transfers between family members, which are a major source of crime guns; two, it will make people pay to exercise a constitutional right.