option one no gun-restrictions
option two some gun restrictions (see below)
option three more gun restrictions (see below)
option four eve more gun restrictions (see below)
option five extensive re-write 2nd amend. (see below)
option six, total re-write of 2nd amend. (see below)
option seven, other, namely .........
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
I wouldn't change the intent of the 2nd amendment, but I would change the wording of it so it's less vague.
Namely, civilians can own any firearm that is intended for use by a single person (i.e. no crew-served weapons), and is not a destructive device (no RPGs or stinger missiles). Anyone over 18 can own a gun, but if you want to carry one in public, you have to pass a basic marksmanship test. Restrictions on firearms purchases that are intended to keep guns out of the hands of criminals are acceptable if they don't provide any meaningful barriers to a law-abiding citizen obtaining a gun (instant background checks for example).
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
My preference would be closest to #2. I don't want to see firearms registered, but rather a verification program (not licensing) for gun owners. Each state would be required to provide the option for "Firearms Purchase Verification" each time they renewed their driver's license/state ID. If that option was not chosen, the license would be required to include the label "Individual Not Verified for Firearms Transactions" on the back side. If the option was chosen, then the equivelant of a NICS check would be run on the individual each time the driver's license/state ID was renewed. As the database used for this verification (an improved version of the NICS database) would be run by the Federal Government, with the assistance of information provided by the states, and verified by SSN as well as name, address, etc.... that check would not be allowed to take more than 3 minutes to process. Assuming the database search provided no disqualifying information, the license would have the label "Individual Verified for Firearms Transactions" on the back. Individuals for whom disqualifying information was found would get a license labeled "Individual Disqualified for Firearms Transactions". If/when an individual's status in the database changed, the state would notify them of this and issue a new driver's license to the individual, noting their new status.
All firearms transactions would be based on the driver's license label. The dealer/individual selling the firearm would call a toll free number, provide the driver's license number to an automated system, which would again verify that the status of the individual had not changed, and the transaction would be approved. Call logs would be erased daily and no information on the number, type, etc... of firearms being purchased would be recorded.
Last edited by Tigger; 01-30-14 at 08:17 AM.