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  •  The car analogy works on some levels, but fails on (5+ / 0-)


    Cars have time, manner, place restrictions.

    Regulate the object:

    Anyone can own a vehicle. But you can't park or drive on a public road unless you meet other criteria. Failure to legally and safely park your vehicle results in various fines, charges, and temporary forfeiture. (towing)

    The are all kinds of restrictions on who you can legally allow to operate your vehicle....

    HUGE difference:
    It's very hard to conceal a vehicle. You can't carry one around with you in public. There are regulations about who/how you can tow a car in public, and it's almost impossible to move one from point A to point B without everyone knowing what kind of vehicle it is and whether the vehicle is legally owned and where it is registered. All of that information is available to the public as well as the police.

    Regulate the operator:
    National licensing could be graduated, just like we different licenses for different vehicles, a car, a motorcycle, a taxi, a limo, a truck, a really big truck. A minivan, a minibus, and a big bus have different licensing requirements and safety regulations of the operators.

    If we have a national licensing scheme separate from the object, it would mean that I (with my child and military training) could easily go to any gun range and shoot for fun, join my friends on shooting or hunting sports and use their guns, just for fun/food... and the public could rest assured that I was licensed in basic safe operation and lawful use of guns.

    Graduated licensing is the way forward:
    Licensing all guns on the basis of ownership would allow different levels for ownership in one's home, ownership in one's business (that meets with ~4-10 clients per day vs. one that serves 300 customers every night, etc.). Public carry of various kinds could have different levels of licensing. (Carry unloaded in one's personal vehicle, vs. carry your 20 gun collection to a gun show for possible sale).

    The infrastructure is already in place. Just piggy back on the the DMV, have the license be a letter designation on your driver's license. The reason we can't have such common sense regulations is that ALEC/NRA has convinced us that it is necessary to protect the privacy of illegal gun owners and legal gun owners to the same degree.

    Separating the operator licensing from the ownership regulations would allow us to have safer gun ownership and use for everyone.

    I probably should write a diary about this.

    "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 Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:53:34 AM PST

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