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  •  Well, we do this with cars -- different license (0+ / 0-)

    to operate a motorcycle / private passenger car / bus / taxi / big truck.
    Minutiae? Safety, seems to me like.

    Categories of firearms, maybe?

    I'm not going to say we should ban the semiauto. 43north said something important in a comment somewhere: if when Loughner and Holmes and Lanza got told NO at a gun counter, they'd been followed up on by cops / public health, we might've prevented all those incidents .... Extant laws, even, though no follow-through.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:18:53 AM PST

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    •  Off-the-cuff licensing idea (4+ / 0-)
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      I would love to see the CMP get federal funding to teach  shooter's ed programs nationwide. I'm generally against sin taxes on firearms, but a small tax or fee with the purchase of a gun, or maybe a small tax per box of ammo, to fund CMP courses might be worth discussing.

      The point of this would be to offer free or very low-cost training to anyone who wanted to buy their first firearm. Take the course before purchasing the firearm, get a certificate, and then you're good to buy and own your first firearm. As you wrote, there could be different categories such as handgun/rifle/shotgun, with discussion on both pistols and revolvers for handguns and on lever-action, bolt-action, and semiautomatic for rifles.

      When you go to buy that first firearm, you do the fingerprints,  background check, fill out the form, and demonstrate safe handling of the firearm. Maybe take a short test to prove you know the basics of firearm safety and safe storage. Give the dealer time (maybe several days?) to send the paperwork and wait for the state and/or federal agency to do the background check, then pick up the firearm. Subsequent purchases should require nothing more than a quick electronic status check to make sure you haven't entered a prohibited owner category and no further paperwork beyond any other sales transaction.

      Just thinking aloud (or atext, I suppose). But it does at least give both sides something. For those who feel guns are too easy to obtain, you would have universal training and certification, as well as requiring every owner to have a relevant license; for those who feel gun purchases have unnecessary or nonsensical bureaucracy, you would only one intensive effort and timesink and a streamlined purchase process for subsequent firearms.

      •  CMP=Civilian Marksmanship Project (4+ / 0-)
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        Further thought: the CMP would be allowed to license instructors and allocate federal funding for that purpose. But the catch is that the instructors absolutely cannot engage in any political activity. So the NRA, for example, would have to choose between focusing on gun safety and education or else being shut out of being taken seriously on that front and acting solely as a lobbying group.

        •  as somebody who couldn't buy my own bullets (3+ / 0-)
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          on base or off while in the Air Force, despite being in training to teach firearms marksmanship and safety for the same Air Force ... I hear you.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 07:39:23 PM PST

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