The Background Checks on Gun Buyers Were Designed to Fail — by the NRA

Ladd Everitt
14 min readMay 29, 2018

Making background checks universal isn’t enough if the checks themselves don’t work.

Since America’s instant check system for gun buyers went online in November 1998, the gun control movement and its allies in Congress have made the expansion of the system their primary focus. This expansion has been promoted as the way to stop dangerous people from buying firearms.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was designed to be fast and impersonal. Federally licensed firearm dealers contact an FBI call center in…

Ladd Everitt

Ladd Everitt is a comms pro & gun control expert who’s worked for Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, George Takei's One Pulse for America, and Million Mom March.