Note: This is a compilation of answers to Point #3 I had in a recent blog entry by someone who has a little more knowledge of guns that I do. I think it’s fascinating! (In case you missed it, after that post, I had a guest post of another point of view on guns.) I’m interested in learning more, so I would also like to hear your point of view, especially if you can share it without getting cranky.
The remainder of this post is a viewpoint on guns that someone was interested in sharing with me:
If you buy a gun new from a store there is a background check. I’ve never done it but my understanding is there is a form to fill out, then the person behind the counter calls the federal number. I believe it can take less than 30 minutes on a normal day.
It isn’t hard to get a used gun. Craigslist doesn’t allow gun sales but there are many other online sites that connect people selling guns second hand. In some cases, buying guns from a private party online is no different that any other thing you could buy using Craigslist: contact the person selling the gun, ask your questions, determine a time to meet, meet and exchange item and money. You can do a bill of sale if you want.
Guns can also be given as gifts. If the gift is a new (unused) gun the person giving the gift would still have to be able to pass the background check but once they own the gun it is within their right to gift it.
Universal Background Checks
A problem with “universal background checks” on all gun sales is that private party sales would become illegal. Or would have to have some part of the government involved. Gifting heirloom guns among family would also require government involvement.
Also, universal background checks would lead to the government having a list of all the guns every (law abiding) citizen owns. Many times in other countries governments have passed laws requiring gun registries for all guns. Then, years later, those same governments have decided that some of the guns that were legal are now illegal. They have used the registries to know who has those types of guns and require people to surrender the guns. This has happened in Canada, Australia and New Zealand to name a few.
How Many Guns?
How many guns would a normal person want to own? I don’t think there should be a limit. Some people are “gun enthusiasts” just as some people are car enthusiasts. I only need one car but other people may like to have several cars and/or trucks that they use for different purposes or just because they want to. The same thing goes for guns.
What Are Guns For?
If you’re an avid hunter, I don’t think it is out of hand to want several different hunting rifles—brown bear, sheep, and wolves all need different rifles. It depends on the distance of the shot and the size of the animal. Bird hunting requires a shot gun instead of a rifle.
Then there are hand guns. There is the typical standard-sized self defense hand gun. Then a person might also want a small caliber hand gun that is easy and cheap to shoot in order to be able to do a lot of target practice with out spending too much money on ammunition. There are different-sized hand guns for other purposes as well.
And a gun enthusiast might also like vintage guns—maybe they have one that is from the time of the US revolution, another from the time of the Civil War, another from WWI and so on.
I keep my guns in a locked fire proof safe.
Got an opinion? Something to add? Do you agree with all of the above? Would you like to offer a counterpoint? I am honestly interested in hearing your point of view, as long as it doesn’t involve yelling about it. Let me know, either in the comments or through this anonymous form.
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