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  •  Don't register guns, license owners. (2+ / 0-)
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    When gun registration is discussed what is actually meant is tracking that person X, with specific contact info, has a specific list of guns with serial numbers.

    I would not expect this to do much in actually reducing deaths or injuries, unless followed by confiscation.  

    A program that would have strong prospects to significantly reduce deaths and injury, without gun registration, would focus on how people handle guns.

    Require that a person pass a written test and an operations test before they are licensed to be able to buy or have transferred guns or ammunition (possibly own for existing owners).  These tests should cover safety, keeping guns away from young children, and unstable people, proper storage, etc., laws and procedures for self defense and defense of others.  The rate that people pass these tests should be about the same as for drivers licenses and be administered by the state and combined with concealed carry licensing for states that do this, with some additional checks and testing.  It should be noted that homicides by those with concealed carry permits is extremely low.

    After a 3 year transition period, possession or attempted fraudulent purchase without a license would have severe penalties.  

    People who live the life of crime and gangs are less likely to seek licenses, so they will either risk high penalties if caught with a gun, or switch to some other weapon or no weapon.

    Fewer deaths and injuries should result directly from the safety and proceedure training aspects.

    There would also be fewer people with guns as some people will choose to go without guns rather than take the effort for training and testing to get the license.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:42:50 AM PST

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    •  Your paragraph that starts with part below (0+ / 0-)
      Require that a person pass a written test and an operations test before they are licensed to be able to buy or have transferred guns or ammunition (possibly own for existing owners).
      Is pretty much how the concealed carry system currently works.  Much of what I am hearing makes sense, with the exception of calls for these silly bans, that honestly wouldn't have been part of the discussion had not a couple of politicians who've been pushing the damned bans for years not taken advantage of this situation to pushed their agenda, make the rudiments of a workable solution.

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