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View Diary: Here is what I learned about guns in Japan (163 comments)

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  •  Interstate Gun Trafficking and Federalism (8+ / 0-)

    Much of the trouble with applying data from successful gun control legislation in other nations is that few countries are as legislatively hamstrung by a patchwork of complicated, nuanced provincial gun laws.  I've often imagined that there must be an element of resentment among Chicago policy makers for states that sell (and profit) off sales of firearms used in the homicide epidemic in that city.

    This is why, among all the aspects of the President's new gun legislation, I'm most excited about the gun trafficking provision.  If I understand it correctly (and please correct me if I don't...), it would create federal criminal penalties for transporting a weapon from a state where it's legal to a state where it's illegal.  More so, it would allow federal law enforcement resources to be directed towards stopping this trade.  It'll also be the most difficult to challenge in court, since it is pretty squarely within Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce.

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