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Subject:My gun control proposal
Time:02:16 am
1. Handguns must be registered and licensed to an individual, just like motor vehicles. Transfers of registration must be recorded immediately.
2. Handguns must always be stored locked, and the unlocking mechanism must be stored separately.
3. The registered owner of a handgun is responsible for any deaths or injuries that are caused by that gun.
4. There will be some reasonable mechanism for reporting the theft or destruction of a registered handgun.
5. If a gun that is registered to you is ever found unlocked, or in someone else's possession, there will be hell to pay.
6. If you're ever caught with an unregistered gun, there will be hell to pay.

Justification: I want handgun owners to be responsible for what is done with their weapons, and for them to have a really strong motivation to keep them safe.

I'm sure there are holes in my proposal, as it's more conceptual than complete.
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prock
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Time:2012-07-22 04:48 pm (UTC)
I like (1), (3), (4), and (6).

Though for #3, I think "responsible" has to be considered, and if you report it under (4) then the responsibility should be greatly if not fully reduced.

As for 2/5, those sound unenforceable or selectively enforceable which is very problematic as it can be used to harass and intimidate groups.
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prock
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Time:2012-07-22 04:51 pm (UTC)
Reading dd_b, it's clear that there needs to be some sort of acknowledgement of legitimate gun practices as they relate to shooting ranges, hunting, and law enforcement.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-07-22 06:49 pm (UTC)
The goal is to make the gun owner ultimately responsible for what happens with their guns, so that they're highly motivated to protect them.

Ideally, if a gun is stolen then the unlocking mechanism would not be, since it has been stored safely away from the gun.

There are loopholes in my proposal, for sure.
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prock
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Time:2012-07-22 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ideally, if a gun is stolen then the unlocking mechanism would not be, since it has been stored safely away from the gun.

I don't really think the whole locking mechanism thing is workable.
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dd_b
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Time:2012-07-23 06:20 am (UTC)
In fact, we're starting to run into problems with the...I think it's the Smith & Wesson internal locking mechanism failing on, making the gun useless for defense.

Trigger locks as currently implemented don't work; people get around them. Simply locking up the whole gun is easy for hand-guns at least, and that's the way to go I think.
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