gCard System — the Saga of Bob and Bubbles

(This article is a continuation of Part 1, “GUN CONTROL — Saving Rights and Lives with Smart Reform.” We strongly recommend you read that first, to learn how our licensing classes and registration system will actually work. Otherwise, this article on our gCard tech is going to be fairly confusing.)

(The following article contains potentially patented, patent pending, trademarked or copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Allen Rowe, or the Rowe Foundation. All rights reserved. Don’t take my stuff.)


“Everything is possible through the power of technology.”

If that line sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard it pretty recently. It was a favorite saying of Howard Stark, Tony Stark’s father in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also the unofficial mantra of Industrial Progressives like myself. Not because of any movie; but because it was also the unofficial mantra of the guy Howard Stark was based on. One of my personal, lifelong idols, Howard Hughes.

Assuming you read the first article, you know why we need effective gun control now. You also know why Registration and licensing aren’t just critical, but inevitable. In the very near future.

You also know that unlike any other modern Progressive that springs to mind, I happen to like guns as much as any of the other Ocala National Forest rednecks I grew up with. And like them, I’ve had a bunch of guns. Mostly Russian. Never an AR. Because .22s are for hunting squirrels.

In the last article, we talked about how the new weapons’ licensing class system will work. From single action antique revolvers, all the way up to .50 cal Ma Deuce machine guns; anything you want is for sale just as quickly as you’d like to buy it. As long as you meet the (fairly simple) qualifications for that license. Most of which can be done online.

That solves the legal side of things. But it doesn’t mean jack if all our guns wind up on somebody’s list, and one of my Progressive friends decides to sign away our right to those weapons a few years down the line. At which point all 350 million guns legally circulating in the United States today enter the black market, and its Purge Night for anybody with a grudge to settle.

This is a serious problem.

But, everything is possible through the power of technology. And, by modifying the same triple-redundant verification system we used for our SecureElect Vote-by-App system…I think we’ve got a fully modern solution that would make old Howard proud.

But even this won’t be without its problems. Because the War goes on. So speak Bob, Bubbles and Sweet Caroline.


Section 1 — gCard System Components
Section 2 — How it works; Licensing, and Bob Goes to the Clinic
Section 3 — Registration; for the Love of Bubbles
Section 4 — Recording Ownership; the Friends and Family Firearms Loan Policy (FLiP); Boy Problems
Section 5 — Sales and Transfer; Sweet Caroline
Conclusion


Section 1 — gCard System Components

The gCard system uses three primary components. There can be more, depending on what you want to do later on. But these are the three we need:

  • gCard License — Like a drivers’ license for guns, this card is printed with your name, personal info, picture and the class of weapon you’re qualified to own. About 95 percent of weapons out there would fall into Class 1 or 2, with Class 5 being the highest and the equivalent to today’s FFL-required Class 3. The gCard itself looks like any other license, except for one thing: It contains a small, encoded computer memory chip and the strips to connect it to an outside processor. (Note: The chip is only memory. The license does not contain a battery or processor. The card is only capable of storing encrypted data, not reading it.)
  • GunCard — Think of this as the gun’s personal social security card. It contains a data chip, just like the license. And just like the license, it’s printed with information both on the surface and in the chip itself. Difference here being, the GunCard chip is a single-use PROM-type. Once imprinted with data, PROM chips cannot be erased or rewritten. Once the serial number on this license is assigned to that gun, it will always be assigned to it. Replacements can be ordered for lost cards later, but this specific card can never be used with another gun. You don’t physically keep this card with the gun; just lock it up somewhere safe for as long as you own the weapon.
  • Home Box — True to the name, this is a box you’ll keep in your home to record information. The box will be permanently assigned to you and your license number. While the Box cannot wirelessly transmit or receive information of any kind, it will contain a GPS monitor assigned to a specific location in your home. If it moves more than 50 yards from that spot, the Home Box tasers its own ECU and permanently fries.

    There’s a thumbprint reader on top of The Box, which you will use to unlock its functions. There are three card slots on the side: One for your License, a second for the GunCard, and a third slot for a second license. This second slot will be used either to register dual ownership of weapons (in the case of couples or partners), or to transfer ownership of that weapon to someone else. All information linking that gun’s serial number to anyone’s license is stored within the Home Box, and can only be retrieved by owner request or court order.

These are the three required components of the gCard System. Owners can add extra functions later, if they choose. For those not as concerned about privacy, wifi-model Home Boxes and tethered mobile readers may become available, so owners can access functions outside the home via app or computer.

But, that will be entirely on you to decide. As it is, the base-model Home Box will be completely isolated from any kind of outside data transfer. This is how we keep your information private, and contained within the walls of your own home.


Section 2 — How it works; Licensing, and Bob Goes to the Clinic

Rather than get into the nuts and bolts of system coding and protocols, let’s just follow our friend Bob on his journey from licensing, to buying a gun, to loaning it out and finally selling it. Other stuff might happen, too.

The Saga of Bob and Bubble, Day One — Applying for the License

Bob lives in a little town in Central Florida. We’ll call it Lynne. Bob’s got a wife, and two kids. The Girl is 19-year-old daughter, the Boy is 15, and his three dogs (Ronnie, Mitch and Donald) just sit on the porch. Bob’s also got a pretty good collection of pistols, shotguns and rifles on hand. Including an AR-15. Her name is Bubbles.

The gCard System just went into effect in Florida, and Bob is naturally suspicious. We’ll, suspicious isn’t the word. He’s stocked up and prepared for civil war, cause the damn gummint ain’t comin’ for his guns. Don’t worry, Bubbles. Daddy will protect you.

But, Bob’s wife doesn’t want to miss this week’s Walking Dead, so she asks him to hold off The War for a couple weeks, and just get the license. For now.

  • Step 1 — Bob downloads the gCard app onto his phone
  • Step 2 — Bob looks up Bubbles’ Lethality Index, and finds it at an impressive 722. Since she’s the second deadliest thing in the house next to these two fists…he needs a Class 3 license. Which, he’s pleased to find, comes with an automatic concealed carry permit.
  • Bob fills out the relevant information, confirming he’s at least 23 years of age, been two years out of school (it’s been at least seven) and lives where he says he lives.
  • Bob gives the names of three personal references.

The criminal background check submits automatically; Bob got a felony for driving on a suspended for the 11th time back in 2016. But it’s a non-violent offense more than three years old. So, it’s fine.

The gCard app then generates a number, instructing Bob to move onto the next step. “The Hell? What do you mean ‘mental health screening?!?‘ So, what, now he’s got to go in front of some gummint beurocrat, so they can tell him he ain’t liberal enough to get a gun?! Who decides who is and ain’t allowed for a gun?”

Well, first, Bob…you only need a mental health screening for Bubbles. This requirement only applies to Class 3 licenses and up. If you were only getting a Class 2, you wouldn’t have to get a mental health check.

And second, the gummint doesn’t decide who you go to for this screening. You do.

  • Bob makes an appointment with a local clinic. They used to do mostly drug tests and DOT physicals for truck drivers. Now they keep a psychologist on staff to do mental health screenings.
  • He gives the clinic his reference number, and fills out the questionnaire.
  • Bob sits with the psychologist, who reviews his answers and asks a few more questions. The clinician confirms that Bob is not, in fact, diagnosable psychotic.
  • Fifteen minutes later, he walks out with a Med card good for the next two years, and a confirmation number.

All right, that wasn’t so bad. Pretty much like any of those truck drivers getting a DOT physical. Minus the drug test. If Bob had his own doctor (which he doesn’t, because nobody has insurance in Florida), then he could have gone to his own private physician for this exact same card. Almost done now.

  • He signs into the App, and inputs the Med card verification code.
  • This information verifies through the ATF, which has also completed his criminal background check.
  • The ATF auto-generates emails to Bob’s references, or phone calls if they prefer. They’ll only be asked to confirm the information he’s given, and to attest Bob hasn’t threatened to kill anyone lately that they’re aware of.
  • The next day, all three references come back, and Bob is approved for his Class 3 weapons permit.

Whew! Bubbles is safe! Yeah…Daddy loves you, baby. And we’re almost done. Time to Set up the HomeBox Unit.

  • A week later, Bob receives his shiny new gCard, the Homebox unit and a dozen or so blank Gun Cards. These cards carry no numbers, and no data on the chip; they’re completely blank.
  • Homebox setup is next. It’s fairly straightforward. The unit is sealed, with its own lithium-ion cells good for about ten years of periodic use. About a year regular. It contains a USB port for charging and later data retrieval.
  • Bob tops off the charge, and mounts the Homebox inside his gun safe using the supplied hardware.
  • Now, he inserts his personal gCard into Slot 1, and turns the unit on. The screen asks him some ID confirmation questions, and requests a thumbprint scan for unlocking later. None of this information leaves the Homebox; the base model unit is incapable of transmitting or receiving data. The only information it gathers is GPS location, which will ensure the Box can only be used within 50 yards of this location.
  • The Wife inserts her own Class 4 gCard into Slot 3, registering her name as the co-owner of all weapons registered to this device. Her name is the title of a Neil Diamond song.

All done! Oh, we got you now, Gummint. Thought you was going to throw US into the FEMA camps? Not today, Obummer! Oh, the Revolution is on! And you still don’t know nothin’ about me you didn’t know before!

That’s right, Bob. And they’re never going to. Including what guns you own. On to Registration.


Section 3 — Registration; for the Love of Bubbles

Now that Bob has his bona fides, it’s time for his babies to get theirs. Which is where they get you, man. This is where they get you on a list, then they know what guns you got, then they send the Nazis to take them away, shoot your dogs and throw you right back into the BarryCamps. Not gonna do it, Obummer! Not gonna do it!

Out of curiosity, Bob checks the fine print in his gCard app. Just wondering what giant government building he has to take his guns to, so they can take them all away and throw him in a dungeon. Damn Commies. Might as well just throw myself under the prison.

Except…it’s not a government building. It’s a list of local pawn shops and gun shops. Including Jerry’s, where he bought Irma and Lucille; the .45 Twins.

Cautiously, suspiciously…Bob loads them into the truck, and heads down to Jerry’s. Bubbles will be sitting this one out. Just in case.

  • Bob enters the gun shop, with Irma and Lucille comfortably in their carry cases. He checks behind the Slim Jim stand for government agents. None yet. Stay vigilant.
  • Bob greets Jetty, that familiar old codger, and tells him he’s here to register the Twins. At no point forward can Jerry ask to see Bob’s ID or License. He is, in fact, legally forbidden from addressing Bob by name during this transaction, even though they’ve known each other 25 years. They got ears everywhere.
  • On Jerry’s counter sits a brand new HomeBox, identical to Bob’s own. It looks a little out of place on the old, tobacco-stained wood. But so does anything made this century. A smaller laser-printer unit sits next to it.
  • Bob informs Jerry he’s here to register the .45 Twins, and hands over two of his blank Gun Cards. He thinks better of it, since the Gummint is definitely tracking them. Jerry trades Bob for two blanks of his own.
  • Jerry takes down the Twins’ registration numbers, along with their relevant specs. After after entering the data, he Bluetooths it to his countertop Homebox, and inserts the two blank cards.
  • The box writes onto those cards chips both the weapons’ registration numbers, and an ATF assigned card number. Once on the card, this data can never be removed or changed. This data also goes to the ATF and State Agencies, permanently tying this weapon to this card. Bob’s name isn’t on either one.
  • Jerry puts Lucille on a white platform with a digital camera hanging over it, and puts her card into the print machine. Just like at the DMV, she smiles for the camera…and her image, along with her specs, relevant info, registration number and card number prints onto the plastic. It comes out looking much like a drivers’ license. But for a gun. Jerry repeats this process for Lucille’s twin, Irma.

Suddenly, a mouse squeaks in the corners, and Bob’s off like a shot. It could have been a mouse. Or it could have been the squeak of leather-soled shoes behind the Slim Jim stand. Bob doesn’t know, and doesn’t want to.

It was a long night that night. He spent it with Bubbles. Nextflix and gun oil. At dawn he decided; if they were coming for him, they better know she was there, too. And so, Bob left that morning and got Bubbles her card. Hers, and everyone else’s. Let them come. The War was on. But so was Real Housewives of Atlanta, so do that first.


Section 4 — Recording Ownership; the Friends and Family Firearms Loan Policy (FLiP); Boy Problems

It took Bob 11 hours and 45 minutes to take the Homebox apart. Using a number of electronic sweeping devices purchased from the backpages of Infowars, he determined that the Homebox was not, in fact emitting any traceable signals. But it did cause the scanner to emit a smell like ginseng jellybeans. Which was odd.

With some degree of trust now in the Homebox, Bob began the process of linking himself with his guns.

  • Bob turned on the Homebox, which he’d set up for identity confirmation last week. After inserting his gCard license into Slot 1, Bob answered the prompted security questions and pressed his thumb to the reader. The Box was now unlocked, and ready to work.
  • After selecting “Add New” from the dropdown menu, Bob followed the prompt to insert his Gun Card into Slot 2.
  • The HomeBox displayed information from both cards; his license, and the Gun Card. He selected “Link,” and the machine began recording information. First, to itself, and second to the license itself. The information on the machine was fairly straightforward; it holds all of the Gun Card data on everything Bob owns. But He’s got options as far as what goes on the gCard itself.

Here, Bob can choose either “Direct Storage” or “Card Verification.” If he chooses “Direct Storage,” the all of the gun’s data including the registration number and card serial number will go directly on the gCard. This means Bob can take any of his guns anywhere, and not have to carry anything else with him. This is the slightly less secure but more convenient option.

However, because he doesn’t want all of that information in one place, Bob instead opts for “Card Verification.” This means only the Gun Card’s serial number will be stored to the license. It also means he’ll have to take that weapon’s card with him everywhere they go. He won’t be permitted to leave the card with the weapon outside of his home; otherwise, somebody could just walk off with both at the same time. The Gun Card has to stay on his person, in a pocket or wallet at all times. Which is a little more hassle, but it ensures that the only database on Earth directly linking Bob’s name with the weapon itself is safely stored in his gun case at home.

Now, say The Wife wants to co-register ownership. Nothing to it. With Bob’s card in Slot 1, and the relevant Gun Card in Slot 2, she simply inserts her own gCard license into Slot 3 and follows the same process.

And she’s not the only one.

It seems The Girl has been having a little trouble with a certain ex-boyfriend. Yeah, obviously, her parents warned her. Any guy with piercings like that has a few bodies in the basement. But, you know how it is. Now, she wants to borrow the Glock for a couple months. And doesn’t have a license. This is where the Friends and Family Firearms Loan (FLiP) Policy comes in.

  • Bob signs into his gCard phone app, and enters all the relevant security info.
  • He Selects “FLiP a Gun” from the dropdown menu, and follows the prompts.
  • He’s asked to enter his daughter’s name, her driver’s license, ID or social security number, and other relevant data about her. It also asks about their relationship, how long he’s known her, and asks him to confirm that to the best of his knowledge, she meets all of the criteria required for licensing to this weapon. The sole exception being age limitation; normally it would be 21 for a Class 2 and 23 for a Class 3; but anyone over 18 is eligible for temporary loans under FLiP.
  • After the system confirms that she is, in fact, a real person, the App prompts him to take a picture of her holding the weapon. Which he does, hits submit and she posts the picture to her Instagram.
  • The system generates a reference number, one of ten thousand pre-programmed to Bob’s Home Box as a valid FLiP number when it was issued.
  • Bob inputs the reference number into his Home Box from the FLiP screen, and the Box records this temporary loan. It will alert him when the loan period (3 weeks, 3 months or 6 months) is about to expire.

The Girl is now legal to possess Bob’s Glock until the end of that loan period, or until Mr. Face-Pierce does something really stupid after stalking her Insta feed that day. Either way, win-win for her.

One small caveat:

If she commits a crime with that weapon, Bob is on the hook as an accessory. But he trusts her. Mostly.


Section 5 — Sales and Transfer; Sweet Caroline

248 days later: The War has not gone well.

In fact, it hasn’t gone at all.

It’s been the better part of a year since Bob got cards for all his guns. About as long since he got his license. Actually recently upgraded to a Class 4 like The Wife’s.

It’s been months since he met another Civil Warrior who didn’t have at least a Class 3. And yet…the Gummint hasn’t come. No helicopters. No Gestapo, pounding on doors. Not even a single damned black helicopter. People just sitting around, going to the range, watching Real Housewives like everything’s normal. When are they going to understand the post-apocalyptic, dystopian Hellscape we live in now? Sheep! We have gun registration! And licencing! Wake up, Sheeple!

People are never going to get it…are they, Bubbles? This, this nightmare scenario. Everyone, just living their lives, going to the range, concealed carrying like it’s any other day. But it’s not. G*d-damned sheep. I’ll be the last man standing. No question about it now.

The time has come, Bubbles. You’re just not enough anymore.

  • Bob returns to Jerry’s gun shop. They’re watching. They’re always watching.
  • He spots a new gun on the shelves. Behind thick, steel bars. A vintage Vietnam-Era M60, fully automatic with 20mm grenade launcher. Yes. The Rambo gun. This will do. And with his new Class 4 license, there’s nothing standing between Bob and the Rambo gun but a few dollars.
  • Bob puts his Class 4 on the counter, and points to the M60. Jerry retrieves it from the case, and sets it on the white photo platform.
  • After taking pictures and recording the gun’s information, Jerry prints out the M60’s new registration card.
  • Bob slips his gCard into the Home Box slot, and Jerry does the same with the M60’s. After locking the Rambo gun into its secure case, which contains a GPS location device, and card slot to read Bob’s gCard…Jerry bids Bob goodbye. And that’s it. No waiting period, no background checks, no nothing. Just a couple of card swipes, and Bob’s ready for the The War. Thanks to his Class 4 gCard. And the damn Gummint will never know he bought it.

Of course, things would be a little different if Bob had bought the gun online. But they’d go pretty much the same. Only difference is, the seller would either have to have a printer for the new Gun Card, or the old Gun Card for that weapon. Otherwise, same deal, with the click of a mouse.

But, it doesn’t matter now. The War is coming. And Bob is prepared.

Her name is Sweet Caroline.

And they are ready.


Conclusion

The War will likely never end. But, anything is possible through the power of technology.

Our licensing system, combined with the gCard electronic card, will:

  • Allow fast and easy transfer of guns, both privately and through gun dealers.
  • Expand your rights to own anything up to and including fully automatic machine guns.
  • Eliminate point-of-sale background checks and waiting periods.
  • Allow temporary transfer to people in need of weapons for hunting or self-defense.
  • Secure your privacy, so the Government never has a list of the guns you own.
  • Limit the black or gray market sales of arms criminals and murderers.
  • Accomplish all of this, while delivering all of the benefits of licensing, registration; reducing school shootings by 80 percent, mass shootings by a similar margin, keeping the most dangerous guns out of the hands of criminals and psychos.
  • And do all of THAT while not affecting 99 percent of current legal gun owners in the slightest.

We really can do anything with technology. It’s incredible what’s possible, using modern approaches to solve age-old problems. If we actually care about solving those problems, instead of just using them for political footballs, it’s pretty unbelievable what possibilities open before us. This is what Industrial Progressives like myself do. And these are the kinds of results we can deliver.

The War goes on, same today as ever. Bob’s will never end, and perhaps yours won’t either. But, together, we can move into the future to create a greater America for everyone. Whether you’re Tony Stark, Howard Hughes…or just some guy with a gun named Bubbles.


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