Taking us to Richmond, Virginia this morning is a piece on gun control. A group of law enforcement officials is trying to prevent a “federal proposal to make state-issued concealed weapons permits valid nation-wide.” Now, I don’t know much about current gun laws but I do know that this particular proposal sounds like a senseless one. I realize that we all have the “right to bear arms,” and thus the controversy will never go away, which makes this such a good topic for discussion, and of course we’ve all got an opinion.
Another thing that these law enforcement officials are hoping for is to ensure eligibility to purchase a firearm through the federal program called “National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” They want an increase in sharing of state records to make this system more effective. What the program does is look for “criminal history, residency status in country, drug offenses, dishonorable military discharges and mental health adjudications.”
This coalition of law enforcement officers is also aiming for stricter standards for purchases made in private sales. Apparently, there hasn’t been much success on the side of gun-control activists in their push to make a background check a requirement for those purchasing in private sales. This seems crazy to me…that this is not a requirement.
Gun rights activists, on the other hand, are apparently gunning for (sorry, pun intended J) a “down-sizing” of the state police-run background check system for gun purchases. Needless to say, this would make life a lot more difficult (and violent) for the police. As usual, both sides have concerns however; the concerns of the gun rights activists seem a little less necessary than the concerns that deal with the safety of the public. What’s your take on all this?
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