And you were charged for a NICS check? I've never been charged for a NICS check. Find a new dealer. Big freakin deal. Is your buddy in prison for murder? That's seems to be what you want to imply here: There is a world of difference between once owning a gun that was used in a crime and being prosecuted on that basis. Was the friend who shot the trooper a convicted felon? Actually, what you've pointed out here is a point we've been making throughout the thread. 4473 is a defacto gun registration and some of you people here seem ok with that.