The 2 New Gun Laws that Actually Make Sense
The talk on gun reform isn’t quieting any time soon. The liberals have their platform, and in the wake of completely losing political battles on economics and foreign policy, gun control is all they have left. There have been some radical proposals, ranging from incremental restrictions on purchases to widespread disarmament of the American people.
But, somewhere through the thicket of crazy ideas and emotional outbursts, real conversations are discussing pragmatic proposals. Perhaps the most surprising truth is that a majority of gun owners are in favor of some change. It might not be the change liberals want, but gun owners have a better of idea of what can and can’t work in this case.
It’s always dangerous to talk about polls, since so many are so biased, but there is some truth in these. According to numerous sources, gun owners don’t oppose all gun control propositions. Even a majority of NRA members can support sensible laws that inhibit criminals without punishing law-abiding citizens. As a matter of fact, a full 78 percent of gun owners and 69 percent of NRA members have expressed this sentiment. The question isn’t whether or not we should consider reform that can save lives. The issues lie in pragmatism and liberty. So, which proposals were seen favorably by so many gun owners?
Expanded Background Checks
There are a few components of background checks that probably need to change. The phrase you hear most often is “universal” background checks. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this term, it refers to the idea of performing background checks on private sales. They already exist for every purchase with a licensed seller, but if you sell a weapon to your good friend, that process doesn’t currently need an FBI check. Many gun owners are willing to support this notion, but only if it is done correctly. Universal checks can’t come with a national gun registry. Most gun owners also agree that it would be unacceptable to put the burden of cost on the citizens.
The other predominant idea flying around is further restricting who can legally purchase guns. Although it is already illegal for anyone who is deemed mentally unfit to guy a gun, expanding who is deemed mentally ill could help save lives. Savvier 2nd Amendment supporters understand that this is a slippery slope. Mental health and arbitrary lists are not always objectively defined.
Better than giving the government unconstitutional powers for restricting gun ownership, we could simply improve enforcement. Several of the most recent mass shooters should have been legally barred from purchasing weapons but managed to slip through the system. The change most gun owners support is investing more into background checks so they actually work.
Training and Certification
The other notion that seems popular, even among NRA members, is that of requiring training and/or certification to be eligible to purchase weapons. This already exists for concealed carry licenses. Besides, you already have to demonstrate proficiency to drive a car before you are given a license. Even voting requires certain levels of proficiency in basic reading comprehension. Passing a skills test before you can buy guns seems logical. It would help keep firearms out of the hands of inept liberals anyways. But, gun owners are still clear that they have conditions before they would support this idea. The proficiency can’t be cost-prohibitive or include subjective measures of proficiency.
One idea that could circumvent this problem is to replace an exam with practical time. If you log enough hours at the range or in gun-training programs, you automatically get your eligibility. No costly test or biased instructor holds sway over a fundamental right. Instead, each citizen’s commitment is the only barrier to entry before they can purchase firearms.
None of these ideas have seen solid, legislative proposals so far. These are simply the talking points. Most likely, federal gun laws won’t be changing anytime soon. Instead, states and local municipalities are going to be flexing their muscles to see how much they can get away with on both sides of the discussion. We have seen cities strip citizens of their rights. We’ve also seen compulsory gun ownership. Florida is playing both sides by making guns harder to buy and easier to carry.
What do you think? Are there changes to gun laws that you would support? What are the red flags that worry you the most? Drop us a line in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
~ National Gun Network