Criminals, psychopaths won’t obey more gun laws

In the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, there’s an outcry for more gun laws and, of course, more finger-pointing at the National Rifle Association. (What does the NRA have to do with 527-plus inner city murders in Chicago?)

The NRA has asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review the “bump stock” recoil devices used in Las Vegas. Florida has 56 laws regulating the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition. Convicted felons have few gun rights. National Firearms Act (1934) taxes the manufacture and transfer of, and mandates registration of machine guns, short-barreled rifles, shotguns, heavy weapons, explosive ordnance, silencers, and disguised or improvised firearms. Federal Firearms Act of 1938 requires gun manufacturers, importers and sellers to have a Federal Firearms License, and prohibits the transfer of firearms to convicted felons. Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 prohibits interstate trade in handguns, increased the minimum age to 21 for buying handguns. Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers. Firearm Owner Protection Act (1986) prohibits the sale to civilians of automatic firearms manufactured after the date of the law’s passage, and requires ATF approval of transfers of automatic firearms. Undetectable Firearms Act (1988) criminalizes firearms with less than 3.7 oz. of metal. Gun-Free School Zones Act (1990) prohibits unauthorized possession of firearms in a school zone. Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993) requires background checks on most firearm purchasers. Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994–2004) banned semiautomatics that look like Assault Weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

Would more laws have prevented the massacres at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Orlando, and Las Vegas? Criminals and psychopaths don’t obey laws.

Art Miller


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