Many of the structural problems trace back to gaping flaws in our current background check system, known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and our non-existent gun transfer system. Blockchain (distributed ledger) technology can help solve these issues today.
Blockchain background checks would be reliable, accessible, and could include mental health information without violating privacy rights. Blockchain transfer systems could track transactions and alert authorities about unusual activity, again without violating privacy rights.
New laws, a due process framework, and a privacy firewall would need to be established for the mental health and transactions components to be implemented. But even without that, blockchain would vastly improve the reliability of our current NICS system.
The following paper was written by:
Thomas F Heston, MD, FAAFP
Associate Professor, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington USA
November 13, 2017
and makes a strong case for implementing blockchain technology in gun transactions.
Abstract: Blockchain technology can be utilized to improve gun control without changing existing laws. Firearm related mortality is at epidemic levels in the United States and not only has a significant impact upon public health, it also creates a large financial burden. Suicide is the most common way guns kill. Through better gun tracking and improved screening of high risk individuals, this technological advance in distributed ledger technology will improve background checks on individuals and tracing of guns used in crimes.
Please read the whole thing here: A Blockchain Solution to Gun Control and fwd it as you see appropriate.