An acquaintance of mine told me this story today. His house was broken into and many of his long guns were stolen. The thief took his nicer shotguns-Brownings and Bennellis and any rifle with a nice scope. He left the less expensive guns like the Mossburgs. A week later, the thief was caught running a red light in a city 130 miles away from here. All of the guns were in the car. It was determined that he was a previous felon and so the FBI and the ATF got involved. My friend stated that before they would return his guns, every gun purchase was investigated. Fortunately he had all of his sales records. They checked to make sure he didn't receive any insurance money- he had not reported it to his insurance. The ATF then did a complete background check on him, the guns' owner, before they would let him have them back. It took 2 years and 4 months to get his property returned. Why would someone need a background check to receive his own guns back? He is not the criminal here.