by GREG RUSSAK
While Congress wrangles with what to do about gun safety, I’d like to propose a solution that I suspect lots of others are thinking about, too: Gun registration and licensing very much like how car ownership and licensing works.
Why can’t every firearm in America be registered, and why isn’t some sort of licensing required to own them? If I can’t sell a car to my son or daughter without going to a notary to legally transfer the title, why can’t gun owners do the same?
And if I can’t legally operate any class of motor vehicle without the proper license, why can’t gun owners be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how to safely use a firearm, while at the same time demonstrating their mental competency to be trusted with such an incredible responsibility as owning an object capable of being used to take another’s life in an instant?
Here’s how in broad stokes I propose it would work.
First, Congress passes legislation that makes clips larger than 10 rounds illegal. There’s no denying that those large clips have played a central role in places like Newtown, Aurora and others.
And while I’m no fan of assault rifles, I don’t see banning them as important as controlling the size of magazines. Banning assault weapons, frankly, seems more like a feel good measure than anything else. I admit that it would make me feel good, too, but I’m willing to concede the point that doing so may not have much effect on gun violence except in extreme cases like Newtown. Even then, there are lots of semi-automatic firearms that Adam Lanza could have used besides the AR-15. [MORE]