New Gun Restrictions On The Horizon...
Last updated: Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 09:00:38 PM
A proposed federal law could make it very difficult for a citizen to purchase a gun. The HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sales Act of 2009 aims to make it illegal to own any gun, unless you follow certain rules.
This law would require gun owners to register their guns with fingerprints and other personal information. You would also have to submit to a physical and mental evaluation to ensure you are able to use the gun. You would even have to allow gun storage inspections in your home to ensure the weapon is not accessible to anyone under 18. All this in an effort to make the streets safer.
But does this new law really keep guns away from criminals? Many law enforcement officers say no. They suggest that if the criminal already doesn't care that he is breaking a major law, then what difference does it make to him that he is violating licensing regulations too? The belief by many is that the law would take the gun out of the "good guys" hands, but leave the "bad guys" armed and loaded.
If passed into law, the act would require a $25 fee for the license and an additional $25 if you sell the gun, not to mention any surcharges that gun dealers might tack on.
Still others say that this is not only unfair, but also unconstitutional. They say it chips away at our 2nd Amendment rights, and if it continues, eventually there won't be any rights left.
Washington lawmakers tried to pass a similar law earlier this year at the state level. Yet even here in a predominently Democratic state, the proposal never made it to a vote.
Meanwhile, federal lawmakers are also looking at requiring all bullets to be stamped with individual serial numbers.
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