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You Need a License To Drive a Car, Should We Need One To Buy Guns?

This 1963 Corvette did not require a license to buy. If the owner (who is sadly not me) wishes to drive this gorgeous car he/she must have a valid DRIVER's license–not a buyer's license.

Anti gun politicians have introduced a bill that would require anyone wanting to purchase a handgun to first get a renewable license or permit to do so. Modeling this proposal after states where it's currently enacted, like Connecticut, would mean that in order to buy any revolver or semi-auto handgun you'd need to first have the permit.

The bill is being called the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act and essentially does this: To provide for a grant program for handgun licensing programs, and for other purposes. (pulled from the proposal page, linked below)

Bill sponsor Jamie Raskin, D-Md said this on his website: on June 13, 2019:

Handgun licensing saves lives for the same reason drivers’ licensing saves lives. It takes the dangerous people out of our way as much as possible. That’s why I’m happy to introduce this legislation in the House with Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and to work alongside my Maryland colleague Senator Chris Van Hollen as he pushes this bill in the Senate. When I was in the Maryland State Senate, I worked to pass one of the most comprehensive gun safety laws in the nation, and Maryland now has some of the nation’s best firearm safety laws, including stringent licensing requirements for all handgun purchasers. Since I came to Congress, I’ve been working to bring our best state innovations to the federal level. The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act will strengthen the federal-state partnership as we advance commonsense gun safety reform. States require licenses to drive a car in order to protect public safety – requiring a license to buy a handgun should be a no-brainer.

Here are Congress' findings, as an excerpt from the proposal about why they're suggesting this —

Congress finds as follows:

In 2017, 91 percent of firearm homicides in the United States, in which a firearm type was specified, were committed with a handgun.

Research by top national experts show that—adoption of handgun purchaser licensing laws are associated with significant reductions in firearm-related homicides; and repeal of handgun purchaser licensing laws are associated with significant increases in firearm-related homicides. Research on the effects of the adoption of a handgun purchaser licensing law in Connecticut in 1995 showed— a 40 percent reduction in the rate of firearm homicide; and a 15 percent reduction in firearm suicide rates during the first 10 years the law was in place.

There is more to this proposed bill which would allow states to get a grant to establish a “permit to purchase” gun law.

That's the news, now let me tell you why this is stupid.

I'm not going to look into the specifics and statistics of their argument. There are other, easier arguments for me without having to dive into all that.

First up, yes. I need a license to legally drive a car, but I DON'T need one to buy car and that's what we're talking about here. That above quote from the senator is like comparing bananas to pineapples and shouldn't really be done.

We already have to get a permit/license to carry the gun in most states, why should we have to go through anything extra to buy a gun?

Second, people drive illegally all the time, still killing people with their vehicles. People drive without regard for the law. They drive without licenses, or under the influence of a substance. People text and drive, or do other stupid things with their phones while driving.

They run through stop signs, stop lights, plow through pedestrian walkways, drive 80 MPH in a 55 or 65 MPH area, and the list will just keeping going on.

The point here is that anyone who wants to break the law or do stupid crap is going to regardless of what any laws say. The difference is that driving a car is not a right. It is a privilege. Privileges can be taken away, rights cannot.

Lest we forget that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Also known as, being able to own and carry a gun (keep and bear = own and carry) is a Constitutionally protected right.

Furthermore …

We are already required by federal law to undergo a background check each time we buy a handgun. Sure, there are certain circumstances, like the passing down of a firearm from a father to a son, etc., where a background check is not required.

But for the most part, a background check is already an absolute necessity to buy one.

This proposal won't do anything to prevent so called “gun violence” from happening. Why? Because the criminals who're already getting their guns illegally aren't going to bother getting a license any more than they're going through background checks now.

They're still going to get their guns illegally. They're going to find someone who has a “permit to purchase” and pay that person to go through the process for them, find the gun on the black market, or just steal the gun from someone else.

Therefore, as we've been saying all along, all stuff like this does is make it harder for people who are decent, hard working gun owners to own guns.

There is an answer to preventing people from killing, but making it more difficult for people like me won't help matters. Ya know, unless that's the goal anyway.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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29 Responses to You Need a License To Drive a Car, Should We Need One To Buy Guns?

  1. Lawrence June 18, 2019 at 2:37 am #

    The comparison between a drivers license and a permit to purchase a firearm is silly, at best. I live in Maryland and am required to obtain a Handgun Qualification License prior to purchase of a handgun. The problem with this comparison is that I still cannot purchase a handgun over state lines, in Delaware or Virginia. I can drive there and I have no issues with my drivers license. My Maryland Wear and Carry is not good in Pennsylvania, Delaware or many other places.

    Why add another (Federal) card to the wallet when the regulation should address the interstate recognition of state permits over state lines. Until we can find a way to have one permit, like we have one drivers license, these federal regulations are unnecessary and overly burdensome to law abiding citizens…

  2. travelingman45 June 18, 2019 at 4:06 am #

    Useless as politicians. States with these laws is a draconian lifestyle. I know I ran from New York City.

  3. Tom z June 19, 2019 at 9:11 am #

    The radical left wing “love to parlay ” statistic for their greater gain. I would like to see the stats dissected for what they actually represent. You can’t make me believe that the gang banger violence dropped because of this anti constitutioal law. Suicides drop, needto see the hard facts on that statistic. If everyone would be honest about the 600 pound gorilla sitting in the middle of the room, criminals and deranged people we will always have with us. Long before guns, people were acting poorly to others, be it a club, rock, spear, sword..

    I personally thing you should be required to have a license to make stupid statements, or submit ideas for laws.

  4. Gary Coffman June 19, 2019 at 9:13 am #

    My lovely State of California just declared an “Emergency” to institute “Real ID” as a criteria (along with all the other requirements) to purchase either a firearm or ammo.
    Real ID is currently a Federal requirement and goes into effect in Oct. of 2020. If your current DL is valid thru that time frame, you will have to go thru the DMV mess, to get your lic. updated, bring a host of other documents to “prove” you are who you say you are and apply for just the “ID card”. Cal. already requires you to take a test, pay a fee, and obtain a “gun purchase permit”…

    One other thing…what if I don’t drive….my 2nd Amendment rights denied???

    What’s next? A permit to buy gasoline???

  5. Alisa June 19, 2019 at 9:17 am #

    More illegal laws being pushed. Democrats are become more and more unstable. Criminals like them do Not listen, nor follow the laws and think they are above the laws, which they are not. They are pushing for a war, which they will like the outcome.

  6. Daryl Walker June 19, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    How do law abiding gun owners organize and stand up to this nonsense? We need national right to carry and a federal law or Supreme Court decision stating that it is illegal for States to regulate firearms. Anything less is an infringement on our Second Amendment right, period!

  7. Merle Jarvis June 19, 2019 at 9:24 am #

    Many people don’t want to have to pay a large amount of money for a permit. Only for home& family defense. I chose to get the concealed & carry but many don’t want to carry. Forcing people to pay for thier 2nd amendment rights is holding the constitution ransom & only those who pay can enjoy the Freedom Our Constitution provides. Any politicians who want our rights subject to paying for our rights isn’t working for the American People.

  8. Darkwing June 19, 2019 at 9:24 am #

    License’s are nothing but government control. They are wrong no matter what they license, it is total control. Just like a license to carry, bull dren

  9. tasdevl June 19, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    Politicians grasping at straws so that they can say, “Look what I’m doing for gun control.” Ridiculous.

  10. Joe June 19, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    So, basically this article is saying ‘why bother having laws, since people break them anyway’. Got it.

  11. Dom Dixon June 19, 2019 at 9:35 am #

    I don’t know… if it worked like a driver’s license then my carry permit and permit to purchase a handgun in Florida would then be accepted to carry and buy in every other state in the Union.
    Not that I disagree with all the arguments against this law. Just saying there might be some good “unintended consequences”

  12. Harry June 19, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    Jamie Raskin is dumber than a box of rocks! I believe but can’t prove it but I think more people are killed in auto accidents every year than are killed by handguns. If that is true, Jamie’s elevator isn’t going to the top floor when he compares a gun permit to a driver’s license. We need constitutional carry in all 50 states but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

  13. Michael Correll June 19, 2019 at 9:52 am #

    This is the direction that everything is going. In the future you will need to have identification to purchase even the smallest of things. A pack of gum for example. Why is it that nobody wants to admit that control of people to the extreme is a very bad thing. By the way guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I have never seen a gun kill someone. Bad people will always have a way to get guns. Control will only be for those who already follow the law. Why doesn’t anyone get that, or at least those who make these laws. Don’t tie me up.

  14. Keith Clark June 19, 2019 at 9:55 am #

    This is insane, a totally unconstitutional act.
    A direct Violation of the Second Amendment.
    Fight this idiot’s idea to the death or it’s one thing closer to the Cattle Cars.

  15. michael June 19, 2019 at 9:58 am #

    I live in CT. , need that permit, it’s all about the money, if they were so worried about bad people getting behind the wheel of a car or buying a gun, then why like New York signing laws to give illegals a drivers license with our money. why aren’t the democrats doing something to help trump with the invasion of illegals, terrorists, and disease stricken sick-o’s

  16. Garry G. L. June 19, 2019 at 9:59 am #

    People obeying laws are not the issue. If they were. Killing is against the law. The issue are would likely be people who buy on the street. Has anyone look at those stats if they even exist?

  17. Timothy Toroian June 19, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    Just as much as one should to have children.

  18. Will Flatt June 19, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    Any activity that requires a license is not a Right but a privilege. The 2nd Amendment guarantees gun ownership and carry. But it is up to us to enforce our liberty.

    Gun control in America is proof that we’re not enforcing our liberty.

  19. Robert William Wade June 19, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    Does having a drivers license stop anyone from driving drunk, or distracted by texting, speeding. or just plain reckless driving? No, it doesn’t but it is against the law to do so. Does having a marriage license guarantee a long and happy wonderful marriage? No it doesn’t because there could be cheating. Do pilots license prevent all ship or plane crashes? Do politicians qualifying to run for office prevent corruption or misrepresentation? You know the answers. LAW ABIDING PEOPLE FOLLOW THE LAW & CRIMINALS DO NOT!!!! Law abiding people have the right to protect themselves from the ones who break the law and it shall not be infringed…………

  20. Hugh Hansel June 19, 2019 at 11:49 am #

    A Drivers license and license plates are a privilege not a right. 2A is a right. A driver license and plate helps to cover road maintenance. So they claim. This would be just another a tempt to put gun owners in a government database for future confiscation and to also get more money from us for them to redistribute as they please. Simply more political BS.

    Last night Trump kicked off his 2020 campaign. I love Trump and will vote for him again next year. He told us how he is committed to protecting 2A. However he has also allowed bump stocks to be outlawed. Trump and Barr both favor red flag laws. I wounder just how committed he is to protecting 2A.

  21. John P June 19, 2019 at 11:50 am #

    Congressman Raskin is doing what pols do best – trying to get PR. His obvious sense of being the smartest person in the room “Since I came to Congress, I’ve been working to bring our best state innovations to the federal level. The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act will strengthen the federal-state partnership as we advance commonsense gun safety reform.” is such BS.

    MD is next to impossible to get a permit, doesn’t allow non-residents to get a permit for all intents, and the rest of the country doesn’t need his “innovations”…

    • Mike S. June 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

      To boil it down they want you to have a license to exercise your 2nd Amendment right. So following their lead they will need to get their license to exercise their 1st Amendment rights so let’s deal with that problem 1st. Since I have been sworn to protect the Constitution of the United States for over 40 years of my life, I conclude by their statements and actions that they do not qualify for a license for speeding freely!

  22. Bob Johnson June 19, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    Still, just another silly gun law proposed by anti-gun democrats, that will do absolutely nothing to reduce crime, but will give law abiding citizens more hoops to jump through. Any politician with a “D” after their name needs to be voted out pronto! Better yet don’t vote the idiots in, in the first place. TRUMP and Republicans 20/20.

  23. bob onit June 19, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    Last I heard it was already against the law to murder someone ,all this other crap is just a superfluous method for politicians to gather sound bytes.

  24. BMSA June 19, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

    This licensing can occur right after you need a test and a license to have children.

  25. GomeznSA June 19, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    The hoplophobes will continue to use this disingenuous LIE because they keep getting away with it. The truth is That You Do Not Need A License to buy a car, or even operate it – as long as you drive it on private property. You DO need a license and register that car and have adequate insurance – to legally drive it on public roadways. But despite that, there are thousands of cars and trucks on those roads every single day – no license. no insurance and most worrisome are those with revoked or suspended licenses who continue to drive.

  26. Al June 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

    The second amendment provides for the right to bear arms….it doesn’t say how many or that a permit is required to do so. This additional requirement is an attempt to limit our constitutional rights.

  27. MASTERMECH48 June 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    1, HOW will this idea really impact STREET SALES of weapons, DAAAAA? NOT!! Quit hassling the honest gun owners. Enough IS enough, go pick on the bad guys where the crime is and leave the HONEST gun owners alone.

  28. travelingman45 June 23, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

    It’s not a right to drop ve a car, unless your in an extremely remote place. Owning a firearm is a constitutional right.

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