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  •  KV, you and I would agree that this would be ideal (1+ / 0-)
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    However, in all reality, I don't see this happening.

    I think that we do need some form of federal standard and that standard by definition must be minimal.  I also think that it needs to set maximal standards to rule out some of the outrageous things we've seen come from certain states.  States rights do need to apply, but the abuse needs to end.

    I think most responsible gun owners would agree that the 2nd should be the only permit we need.  Yet this isn't the system we have and we can't get there directly from where we are today, which is also a complete mess.  Most who carry guns in public have permits.  Hunters get permits.  

    One of the few options that I see that is truly workable is a permit system.  Such a system necessitates that it be shall issue, nominally priced, without excessive training standards, and addresses national carry.

    I suspect by this point that the courts would uphold the permit model as legal.  Those who won't get a permit would be the criminals, those who would be denied a gun anyway, and those who would never leave their property with it anyway.  I think that this is really the maximal reach we could ever achieve with a law.

    What I propose is that we do the background checks that seem to have wide support but simplify the system, simplify the enforcement, and remove a lot of the hassles.  It is a compromise.

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