When you purchase a firearm legally, the firearms dealer performs a background check on you, the buyer of the gun. However, if you buy a gun from a friend, associate, or stranger, there is neither requirement nor means for performing a background check. In other words, if I so choose, I can sell my gun to you for cash, and there would be no record of the exchange.
This method is how criminals acquire guns. Criminals with felony records cannot buy guns from a licensed gun dealer because they would not be able to pass the background check. It is also this process that is commonly called “the gun show loophole“. In fact, at gun shows, licensed dealers perform background checks on their buyers. The fact remains that anyone can buy a gun on the “secondary market” for cash, without a background check.
Closing the loophole
Diodic has developed technology that can link a firearm to its rightful owner when the owner purchases the weapon. The onus is on the firearms dealer to utilize the Diodic software at the time of the purchase. They would do so in the same manner as they conduct the required background check at the time of purchase. When the buyer purchases the firearm, Diodic links the buyer to the serial number of the firearm. When the rightful owner of a firearm sells the firearm to another party without conducting a background search, the firearm would then still be that seller’s responsibility because the firearm would be legally linked to that seller.
Firearm registration without confiscation
The initial reaction to Diodic’s solution is, “Isn’t this just gun registration?” Diodic’s solution must address the delicacy of the problem of private, used gun sales. Some politicians have called for a nationwide registry of guns, controlled by the federal government. Opposing sides argue that such a registry is similar to what Adolf Hitler did in 1930s Germany. Hitler created a gun registry. Then he confiscated guns from certain private citizens who registered their firearms.
To solve the issue, Diodic created a private service that does not collect any Personally Identifiable Information (P.I.I.) on the buyer.
Who is the customer?
Ultimately, the buyer will pay the fees to the dealer who will pass those fees on to Diodic. In such a polarizing marketplace, who should Diodic address as its primary audience? That is a very tough question. John Ford, the founder of Diodic, is a lifetime member of the NRA. John understands the need to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. . Licensed firearm dealers will pay Diodic for the service. However, John and Diodic must also “sell” the solution to both anti-gun political groups and 2nd Amendment supporting political groups.
That is a very difficult task, which is part of the reason John brought the idea to Pitch Practice to practice his pitch.