There is currently a bill before the New Hampshire state house, HB1589, that would require criminal background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms. Supporters of these so called “universal background checks” claim that they will stop criminals from getting firearms and will keep the public safe. The problem is, criminals don’t obey current laws, so another law won’t stop them. James Holmes passed a background check for the weapons he used. Adam Lanza stole his mother’s rifle. The shooter at Virginia Tech was able to pass a background check and legally purchase the two handguns he used. The very incidents that are used as “proof we need to do something” would not have gone any differently with the laws that are currently being pushed.