I know that no one wants to talk about anything having to do with something that even REMOTELY resembles gun control, but I hope this can be viewed as just the idea I had, and not turning me into someone coming to get your guns. NICS (or state equivalent) checks at gunshops or whatever are fine. If the information is updated, it serves a purpose and keeps the honest businesses from inadvertently selling to bad guys. It's not flawless, but it's fairly effective. Now, for private sales, it's not realistic to expect individuals to have access to that system, and it would be an undue burden to require them to go to an FFL to have the check run. So, the question then becomes: If you're selling a gun, how do you know you're not selling it to a felon? The other side of the discussion always seems to come back with folks saying "If you're a felon that shouldn't have a gun, you shouldn't be out of prison." That's not at all realistic. Without getting into all the arguments about who should or shouldn't be in jail or mental institutions, the simple fact is that is NOT the way our system works here. So why not put it on a drivers licence or state ID? We put information on there that says you have to wear glasses to drive. It's listed on there (in most states, very boldly) that you're under 21. It's even on a lot of licenses that you're an organ donor. If you're convicted of a felony, why not make that a stipulation? That you have to have an ID on you at all times after you're released, and that the ID will have a note that says "Felon" or some other word or phrase that indicates this is a restricted person. If the person gets their rights reinstated by the governor or whatever, then this restriction can be removed from the license/ID. In this way, I don't have to record anything for a face-to-face sale. I ask to see an ID, and if it says "restricted" or whatever, the deal is off. This is not a 100% foolproof plan. Everyone knows that if you build a better mousetrap, the mouse will get smarter. But I, personally, think this would fill a gap between requiring NICS checks for private sales and preventing innocent folks from selling to felons. It's also a bit of an answer for saying "if you're a felon, you should just stay in jail."