Following the Las Vegas shooting in the above titled article from The Hill in November 2017, the question arose "What would the political landscape look like if serious gun control measures were put into law?
The authors preface a list of "common sense gun controls" by saying "In the spirit of these proposals, here are some ideas for tough federal gun laws — most of which should have been enacted years ago."
The list includes:
It's a pretty good list. When posed to people who have never purchased a gun before, it almost seems, dare I say, "Common Sense"?
The problem is what the article most articulately points out. These laws are already on the books and have been for a long time.
If you think that this legal system would make firearms the most-regulated common consumer product in the United States, you would be correct. Every one of the above restrictions is already federal law, and has been for decades. A few of these date back to the 1980s or 1990s. Most of them are from the Gun Control Act of 1968. The tax and registration laws on automatics are from the National Firearms Act of 1934.
Perhaps we should attempt to educate ourselves about guns before we attempt to legislate them. If not, the results can be quite hilarious:
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