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.
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.
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