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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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Mark Rafn [dagon.net]
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Time:2012-07-22 08:57 pm (UTC)
Proposal to whom, enforced how? I'm not sold that a "war on handguns" is likely to be any more effective than other attempts at social change via police harassment.

For myself:
#1 - Ehn. My firearms are all registered with my insurance company, at least. I don't personally fear the registration->confiscation slope (because I'm white and relatively rich), but I know a lot of folks who do, and I don't think there's enough problems with law-abiding citizens that registration buys very much.

#2 - agreed. always locked when stored.

#3 - Hmm. I'm not signing up for this, in terms of legal responsibility. I'll feel horrible if a gun is stolen from me and used to kill someone, but sending me to jail for it doesn't seem right.

#4 - isn't there already?

#5 - I reserve the right to lend, gift, and otherwise share my property.

#6 - You'd have to define "hell to pay". Stopping crime by making minor offenses into major ones doesn't sound right to me, but feel free to try it out in California.

Justification: Laws don't create responsible people, they create criminals.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-07-22 09:29 pm (UTC)
The goal is that some person owns the responsibility for each gun. Failing to keep a gun safe would be a major offense.
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Mark Rafn [dagon.net]
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Time:2012-07-22 11:49 pm (UTC)
There's already a pretty serious emotional responsibility in owning a gun - nobody I know is likely to take significant extra steps in securing their weapons if the laws change. Some would likely choose not to own something if it brought more liability, but that's more akin to banning than to making people act more responsibly.

The irresponsible and criminal gun users would pretty much remain unchanged.
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dd_b
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Time:2012-07-23 06:24 am (UTC)
Lots of people have very bad storage practices -- but I suspect they aren't people who will be moved by law (lots of criminals aren't very good at storing their guns).

The highest-rated safe you can buy to install in your house is rated to resist attack with tools for...30 minutes. And that's the best you can get (Bank vaults are built in place and are MUCH tougher). So the best you could conceivably secure your guns resists 30 minutes of attack. Plus the whole safe can be lifted and carried out (or pried off the studs, or chipped out of the floor).
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