1. Gun Limits
Criminals find ways of obtaining weapons whether legally or illegally. Limits on the number of firearms that a law-abiding citizen may purchase in a specified time period do not limit guns available to criminals. But they do require a complicated and expensive registration system to enforce and create a system for registering gun owners.
2. Waiting Periods
A Justice Department survey of perpetrators of crimes with handguns showed that 93% had obtained their guns in ways other than buying them at gun stores where waiting periods could be imposed. In short, waiting periods do not stop criminals from obtaining guns but do increase the paperwork burden on police, keeping them from patrolling the streets.
3. Gun Registry
Originally, New York City “only registered” rifles and shotguns. Shortly thereafter police used their ready list of gun owners to begin confiscating those same weapons, demonstrating how registration leads to confiscation.
4. Banning Semi-automatics
Media hysteria has promoted confiscation of semi-automatic firearms that have certain cosmetic features falsely stigmatizing them. However, all semi-automatic firearms function essentially the same.
5. Gun Manufacturer Liability
Manufacturers of any product are held liable if the product is defective and causes injury. Yet some politicians want to hold gun manufacturers and retailers liable when a properly working firearm is used by a third party to commit a crime or cause an accident truly beyond the seller’s knowledge and control.
6. Firearm Taxation
The power to tax is the power to destroy. When anti-gun politicians are unable to achieve their aims directly, they frequently resort to taxes to deviously achieve the same result.
7. Gun Licensing Regulations
Gun control advocates push increasingly complicated licensing systems with background checks, fingerprinting, high fees, arbitrary “training” requirements, and other hurdles that effectively make law-abiding gun ownership difficult, if not impossible — all without reducing crime.
8. Vermont-style Legislation
Vermont has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. Their law simply says that every citizen has the right to carry a gun except to commit a crime. Thus, with no government bureaucracy, Vermont citizens can defend themselves. Criminals who use arms are more severely punished.
9. State Reciprocity Legislation
States that permit their citizens to carry firearms have seen a drop in the rate of violent crime. However, law-abiding citizens run the risk of arrest when traveling in other states because other jurisdictions don’t recognize their right to keep and bear arms.