First, I don't agree with the present system of background checks, and even less with the proposed expansions I see. I think they are wrong. I wonder if the whole system of background checks is being approached from the wrong direction. I believe that background checks should not be linked to the gun type or serial number (sneaky registration), or the seller. As a private party, I would like to be able to check out the purchaser of a gun I sell, or check the stolen gun database for any gun I buy from a private party. I don't think either of these checks should be traceable back to me, since there is no good reason for the government to know. What if the government set up a database similar to the current one FFL's use, but expanded to provide more knowledge about mental health? It already maintains a database of stolen guns, but this (as far as I know) isn't available to non-FFL's. If a FFL runs a s/n of a stolen gun, it has to be siezed and reported. My proposal is that anyone should be able to run the s/n of a gun in a proposed transaction "in the blind", meaning that there is no record of the inquiry. That way, if you are looking to purchase a gun and it turns up as stolen, you can walk away from the transaction, it is is your discretion as to reporting it to authorities. In a similar way, the "private" background check would be "in the blind" and not traceable to the seller. If the buyer didn't pass the check, only a crazy person would accept the liability of selling the gun to them! Keeping the checks "blind" is the hard part. Since databases already exist, access shouldn't be a big obstacle. Perhaps setting up an independent gatekeeper with the same access as a FFL would work. Governments won't like this idea because it conflicts with their remorseless drive toward gun registration. It would make it harder to sell a stolen gun and protect the buyer from inadvertently purchasing a stolen gun. It would protect the seller from involvement with an unqualified purchaser. Could it work? If it would, it could pull the teeth from the drive to register guns.