My sister was interested in my stupid take on how to fix gun laws, so I wrote up a whole document and since I put so much time into it I figure you ought to be subjected to it too. My motivating reason for this garbage is I want to own a machine gun and I don’t care if I can’t have it at home
Important definitions: Gun nuts love to twist arguments about gun safety into discussions on what terms are and what they mean and then when you use a term in the wrong way they completely dismiss your arguments. The best thing we can do to have reasonable discussions on gun violence and the regulations proposed is to sit down and define a set of definitions. These can be confusing because there can be military definitions, civilian definitions, and legal definitions.
- Automatic: An automatic firearm or fully automatic firearm (to avoid confusion with semi-automatic firearms) is an autoloading firearm that continuously chambers and fires rounds when the trigger mechanism is actuated. TL;DR: Hold-down trigger and the gun keeps firing until the ammunition runs out
- Semi-automatic: A semi-automatic weapon is any weapon where the shooter pulls the trigger, one bullet is fired and a new bullet is automatically loaded. TL;DR: One trigger pull, one bullet comes out, pull the trigger again and another bullet will come out. Here it can be a little tricky because not all firearms use what we recognize as a “trigger”. The original gatling guns required a crank instead of a trigger. So, the “trigger” was rotating the crank a few degrees (let’s say it’s 5°). So, a gatling gun operated with a hand crank isn’t an automatic weapon. It’s a semi-auto with a trigger pull requiring the user to turn the crank 5°.
- Reset action: There isn’t a blanket term for a gun that requires extra actions to fire (think bolt-action, lever action, pump action, SAO pistol,) so I decided to invent one. If you have a better one, then go for it. I’ll support you. The idea is that a gun that requires more than a trigger pull to fire a second shot. This isn’t a new thing. Pump-action shotguns are very popular. Bolt-action guns were produced by the millions in various wars in the late 19th early/mid 20th century. They’re super popular among hunters who only need one shot and target shooters who get all the time in the world to line up their shot. I couldn’t find a word that refers to all of these types of guns, so I made one up. Make a better one up. Please.
Restrictions (The part that gun guys will hate)
- You can only own guns at home that are reset action firearms.
- Any other type of firearm can now be owned NFA be damned
- Before you get all Incensed about your 1st Amendment rights being infringed remember: “Shall not be infringed” doesn’t mean no restrictions can be placed on them. And numerous court cases have affirmed this (remember the Assault Weapons Ban?)
- This is a negotiation so there will be give and take and I intend to give you a lot of stuff that I think you would like (I know I would really like it)
To understand my motivation behind my stupid plan I think people should be able to own guns for basic self defense. I believe people should be able to own all sorts of crazy guns for competitions and whatnot. I just don’t want the crazy guns to be easily available to anyone and everyone any time they have a bad day. I think we can have both if we both compromise and give up a little.
Possessing semi-auto, fully-auto, (some) AOW at home would be illegal
Newly illegal weapons to possess at home wouldn’t be confiscated, we would instead register gun ranges and gun shops and there will probably be an entirely new business sectors that would safely and securely hold on to them. To make this document easier to read I’m going to call places that offer these services tactical storage or tacstore for short.
Tacstores will have to comply with a number of laws and regulations so they don’t get robbed or work as a front to sell firearms illegally.
We will have to institute a system whereby a person can check-out a firearm to transfer it to another registered tacstore (which can, and usually will be, a range)
- USPS could offer this service
- Private companies could offer this service
- A system where a private citizen checks out their gun transfers it themselves is also a possibility
Most people don’t drive around the country shooting at every range they can find so having to go through the process to transfer a gun to a range to shoot isn’t that onerous.
In fact, most people just shoot at a single range and so they would just pay to store it there and then come and shoot it there.
Obviously storing a gun and having it transferred is going to cost money, but it’s nothing compared to the lives it will save, and again, there are going to be a bunch of upsides
Guns would have to be registered just like other dangerous objects like cars, planes, and lemonade stands
The first time you buy a gun you would go through a rigorous background check similar to the ones they give to people applying for concealed carry permits. You would also have to demonstrate safe operation of a firearm including firing it (just like you have to drive a car to get a driver’s license)
Unless there is an incident that requires it, this background check would only happen once
On completion of the background check and test you will be issued a license to own and operate firearms. A more restrictive youth license wouldn’t be off the table. And not all licenses would allow all types of firearms to be used (I think)
When you buy a gun you don’t need to go through the background check, you just show them your license
There will need to be incidents and crimes that revoke your license
Massively Expanded Liberties in Owning Firearms
In firearm enthusiast communities the initialism NFA is like the worst thing you could ever say unless it is proceeded by words “Fuck the”. When I said this is a negotiation and so each side would have to give a little, but in return get something they want, I’m saying what you get if you support this proposal is the gutting, flaying, and drawing and quartering of most of the NFA.
If you support these new regulations to treat firearms like other extremely dangerous machines we will give you everything you want, just not at your house.
- Short-Barreled Rifles? The designation will be a thing of the past. It was stupid anyways.
- Short-Barreled Shotguns? Also gone. The designation has no practical purpose.
- Machine guns? This designation is actually something that is important, but since you won’t have them at your home there’s no risk of you grabbing your Sterling L2A3 and murdering 17 schoolchildren.
- There will be no restriction on owning a machine gun manufactured after May 19, 1986
- Silencers/Suppressors even countries with extremely strict gun laws don’t care about suppressors. Their magical ability is only in movies. In the UK if you want a suppressor you just check a box. Since this isn’t a gun you can own one at home
- AOW Some will be unblocked, but some I think should be kept restricted
- Concealable Firearms with a Smooth Bore, think Serbu Shorty, it’s just a small shotgun. This will be legal all around because it will be a reset action gun.
- Concealable Firearms with Rifled Barrels, akin to the Concealable Firearms with a Smooth Bore and SBSs these designations should be eradicated
- Disguised Firearms, I think this designation has merit, but I’m willing to talk about it. It seems the only thing these are good for are assassinations
- Smooth-Bore Pistols, not sure why these are a problem. A smooth bore pistol is just a worse pistol.
- Certain Combination Guns: A gun with two barrels that shoot different ammo is a gimmick and not any more lethal than anything else. There’s no reason to have to have special restrictions on these.
- Tax stamps: since none of these designations and restrictions will exist anymore you won’t have to pay for or wait for a tax stamp. Your license is basically your tax stamp and says you’re good to go so you’re good to go. Your license, like a driver’s license, would indicate what you are allowed to/are capable of operating.
You can’t have a semi-automatic firearm at home. You can own one, you just can’t have it at home. You can have guns that people have been using for hundreds of years to defend themselves without feeling inadequate. If your mate had a Remington 870 as his home defense weapon would you think he’s stupid because he can’t penetrate 0.135 inches of steel plate at 500 yd 30 times in 25 seconds? A pump action shotgun, lever-gat, or SAO pistol, is plenty of home protection unless you’re a mob boss. And that’s the only downside.
The upside is you can own everything and anything you ever wanted, some at home, but most not at home. MP5s are iconic. Wouldn’t it be cool to own one? Since supply is limited since 1986 there aren’t many for sale. You’re looking to have to pay something like $60,000 – $70,000 for one, plus the tax stamp (and I’m assuming you would pass any anal-probing background check the feds would do). With this framework, as long you qualify for a license, you just go to a gun store and say “hey I want to buy that MP5 there on that rack”. The guy hands it to you and you say, “oh and I want a suppressor for it, can you help me pick out a good one for it?”. Then when you’re done tell them the range that you like to go shoot at and so they give you some paperwork to fill out and you’ll probably have to pay a fee to transfer it and then you’re done.
Next Saturday you go to your range, show them your license, they get your gun out and give it to you and you get to shoot a machine gun without having to go to one of those shady gun ranges or pay $70,000 for a priceless antiquity that you’re afraid to shoot because it might break. Think the Kriss Vector is cool? it’s a free country buy it and shoot it to your heart’s content. Wanna cosplay as ‘20’s bank robbers? Buy a replica full-auto Tommygun complete with drum magazine, have your friend get a cut down BAR and go around cosplaying at a Cowboy action shooting even. Have fun. It’s a free country and you’re allowed to do it if we adopt this framework. It’s an America that lets you do crazy stuff other countries would blanche at while still not having the weekly mass shootings.
Oh and you get to shoot all of those cool guns that have come out since 1986. Wouldn’t it be cool to shoot that cool new Army M5 or M250 on full auto. The way things are now you’ll never be able to do it.
NO gun sports are negatively affected in any way by this framework. Now that more guns are available to shoot at ranges shooting sports won’t go away. In fact, they’ll likely expand. I’m imagining 4-Gun competitions: pistol, carbine, submachine gun, shotgun. Imagine stylized 3/4-Gun competitions where the weapons must come from a certain era or war or country. You can own any gun you want (if you aren’t a violent criminal).
They don’t lower the sound level that much, but every bit helps. At the range it makes it easier to talk and give directions and thus be safer. In home defense it helps you not go deaf. Suppressors should just be legal period.
Youtubers Wow, imagine being able to easily get your hands on any production gun in existence and test the shit out of it and then, if you really like it, buy it. Youtubers would have a field
Conclusion This framework preserves everything we have today. I think this is the deal of the century. You give up being able to own semi-auto weapons at home and in exchange you can have literally any gun you want and put a suppressor on it. You give up so little and get so much in return.
You can buy, own, and shoot nearly any gun in existence as long as you’re not a criminal.
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