I like the idea of putting the onus on the individual rather than the gun. Crimes committed with guns--burglary, home invasion, etc, fall under some sort of automatic sentencing guide-lines. No parole or early release.<quoted text>
I concur. The only way to keep guns out of criminals hands is to enact laws forbidding gun sales at flea markets , individual sales from one person to another, etc. How does one enforce this? Make it illegal to do so. All sales should have to go before a local magistrate if they have to create a new position or division in the local courthouse to do so. Anyone caught with someone elses registered gun than both would be arrested for first offense misdemeanor, 2nd offense being a felony. If a crime is commited with a gun thats found to have been sold without de-registeration through the courthouse than that person who sold the gun would be charged with aiding and abetting in the commision of that crime. If this doesnt encourage responsible gun owners or dealers to abide by these new laws than they deserve jail time.
I know that a lot of people disagree with this (at least people I have talked to about it), but I would not be totally opposed to some sort of special guide-lines regarding individuals who have had diagnosed mental illness issues in their lives. Perhaps these people would be required to have some sort of extra evaluation from a doctor before being allowed to own a gun.
Let's face it, the last few mass murders have all been carried out by people with previously diagnosed mental illness issues.
I bought a hand gun at a gun show here in Texas a few years back with a driver's lisence that had the wrong birth-date on it. I never noticed it myself until a few months later, but I just thought it odd that when they did the state "background check," nobody pointed that out.
When I lived in Michigan, it took several days to get all the paperwork done to purchase a gun. Here in Texas, the first purchase takes about 45 minutes. Subsequent gun purchases take about 15 minutes.