A number of people have asked me what sorts of “gun control” do I think are effective? Which types would I actually support? I will give my answer by describing a process.
First, ANY and ALL gun control needs to be at the federal level. State and local gov’t play far, far too many political games with “gun control.” (So do the feds but at least it’s uniform.) Each state (and often times counties or cities) have their own MOUNTAIN of regulations. It’s unfair, it’s confusing, it’s expensive and it can be dangerous.
Second, any serious discussion needs to begin with a pre-1934 “clean slate.” Truly a tabula rasa. In today’s world the talk is always about heaping on more “gun control.” The politicians never talk about deleting those “gun control” laws that have been proven not to reduce gun-related violent crime before adding new ones.
Next I would review the National Firearms Act of 1934. I would obviously continue the tight control of destructive devices and machine guns/actual assault weapons. I would take suppressors OFF the NFA and silly requirements like minimum gun barrel lengths. Many European/Scandinavian countries REQUIRE suppressors, just as we require mufflers on automobiles.
Next I would review the Gun Control Act of 1968. I would keep many provisions of the GCA – no mail-order firearms, retaining the current system of federally licensed firearms dealers, the mandatory serialization of firearms, etc. I would also continue to support that those convicted of violent felonies or misdemeanors, or those judged to be mentally impaired/insane by a court of law not be allowed to own or handle firearms.
Then I would look at the 1993 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS.) I would retain it with the following changes: Absolutely no creation of a national “gun database” which is currently against the law. No waiting period for those that already own firearms. Mandatory prosecution of those who lie while trying to buy a firearm (it’s already a felony, but they are rarely prosecuted.) No NICS on those firearms passed from from (grand)parents to their own children. A guarantee (by law) that all federal, state and local jurisdictions upload their individual disqualification information on a timely basis.
From there we could talk. I doubt I would agree to any additional “gun control” unless it could be proven that it actually works.
These actions would remove a MOUNTAIN of useless, confusing, expensive and potentially dangerous gun control laws.
In addition, I would take some of the MILLIONS of $$$ currently wasted on worthless gun control laws and use it to support MANDATORY gun safety education in elementary and middle schools nationwide.