So, with the latest round of calls for more gun control, one of the most popular themes is the background check. When a licensed dealer sells a firearm, they must submit the prospective buyer's information to find out if there is anything in the system that would prevent the person from legally purchasing the firearm. Other people wishing to sell a firearm are not required to do so. The difference between dealers and private individuals (sometimes erroneously called a 'gunshow loophole' though it has nothing to do with gunshows) is something that many people of various political pursuasions are calling to change by requiring it of everyone looking to sell a firearm.
What I haven't seen, either before this latest round of debates or after is any call to actually make the database available to the rest of us. Given the option, I would choose to run the check on anybody looking to purchase a firearm from me. Unfortunately, nobody has made than an option. Now there are people calling to make it mandatory to do the check, but still nothing about actually making it possible.