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  •  Lilith, I disagree with you on a lot (3+ / 0-)

    But I would have no problem trusting you with ownership of an "assault rifle". I think if you did anything other than store it securely, you would have the good judgment to either gain proficiency with it, find the proper way to sell it, or the best way to get it to the police to dispose of it.

    Good judgment is important when it comes to ownership of something like this, and it is much easier to teach it than to try to legislate it.

    •  My father taught me how to shoot straight (6+ / 0-)

      at the age of 10. I also served in the military and had weapons training there, so yes, I know what to do with a gun, and how to securely store them.

      If we ever leave New York, for rural space, I can certainly see keeping a few guns in the house, but I doubt I'd ever want to carry a handgun. I would have no problems with registration, licensing and insurance, and requirements for periodic continued proficiency training.

      E.g. if you haven't shot your gun in 5 years it is highly doubtful that you still have the skills you once had. If you eyesight has deteriorated, or you hand shakes a little, or your response time is slower than it used to be, your competence for using a gun lawfully is degrading, and periodic testing would alert people to that fact.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:20:36 PM PDT

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