The government has masses of data on you and a lot of it is wrong.
I was just summoned for jury duty in a county I haven’t lived in for over three years. I’ve moved, and changed my driver’s license and car registration, three times since I lived in that county yet they still don’t have accurate records of something as simple as my current address.
The NFA database (in which the ATF maintains records of all NFA items like machine guns, short barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors and ‘any other weapons’) is known to be hopelessly inaccurate. That’s why everyone says to keep a copy of your form 4 or form 1 with your NFA items despite proof of paying the tax not actually being required to be in possession of an NFA item. (It’s like a sales tax. When you buy a towel at Walmart do you have to keep a record of the tax?) The problem is that when you have possession of an NFA item some cops assume you are guilty unless you can prove you’re not. It’s just easier to wave a copy of the ATF form than it is to get arrested and rely on the questionable accuracy of the NFA database to prove you innocent.
So now we have the people currently in charge of the Federal Government telling us we need universal background checks and gun registration. (Can’t have one without the other.)
Given the government’s abysmal track record (at every level) of data integrity how can we possibly trust that a gun registry with hundreds of millions of guns and gun owners in it would be accurate in any way?
And that’s yet another reason to just say no to background checks and registration.