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  •  I've been advocating this, too (1+ / 0-)
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    nextstep

    I think it's a path of lesser resistance than some of the other things we're talking about.

    But note that there are already Facebook campaigns saying that the Constitution is the only permit gun owners need to carry a gun. There will be serious pushback.

    Also expect that if the license costs money (or at least "too much" money), then there really are potential Constitutional issues. But I think having a registry of people who have proven they are capable of using a gun fits within the "well-regulated Militia" clause, even under the current Court's verdict that gun ownership isn't a militia thing.

    We could make it work - if only we could get VP Biden's commission to listen. The FP diary from the other day kind of indicated they weren't leaning toward licensing owners.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:00:06 AM PST

    •  Licensing of Owners may get some NRA member (0+ / 0-)

      support if not the NRA itself.

      The NRA has the country's largest gun safety train programs in the country where people make a second income giving training classes.  They take great pride in this program.

      If the law permitted private parties to give training this would reduce the negative reaction to required licensing.

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

      by nextstep on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:22:31 AM PST

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