Oh I never said that a permit would solve the issue completely and independent of other solutions. A voluntary buy-back is the go-to for sucking up loose guns.
What a permit does is decrease the additions to the current gun supply. As I’ve said before, the ones that are out there are already out there.
Guns are indeed durable goods, but they’re prone to the same slow fates as all mechanical durable goods.
Ithaca shotguns were THE shotgun when my dad was a kid. Now they’re getting difficult to find. While many of them are certainly tucked away in safes and cabinets, many others no longer exist as functioning shotguns.
I recall an old Savage .22 I left in an old truck we just used in the winter. By the time I remembered I left it (forgive me, I was 18 or 19 at the time), it was rusted to the point of uselessness. I just threw the thing out.
They are durable. Especially the older ones. The newer, plastic models? Less so.
And as an aside, if you own an extremely early AR, it’s far more valuable as a collectors item than as a shooter. In fact, they performed so poorly that I have a family member that was in armed services when they were first issued.
They were re-collected and he finished his tour with the M14. Substantial reliability issues.