- Bud Leiner
- Glendale, AZ
- United States
Information Technology Specialist, Arizona Department of Insurance
I propose the United States implement a national firearms licensure, certification, and training.
The United States should implement a firearms' owner identification program. The program should consist of licensure and qualifications. The licensure would be used to quickly eliminate non-authorized firearms ownership; such as felons or those deemed mentally unfit. The qualifications will restrict the type, caliber, and restrictions of firearms the individual can purchase; for example, handgun, rifle, semi-automatic, or automatic. With properly designed legislation, the possession of "entry level" firearms would be allowed by default. These might include short-range, small-caliber weapons like .22 caliber handgun.
Further, the ownership of the firearm itself would be identified by issuance of a certificate of ownership or a similar document. The current owner will document the transfer of the certificate with the firearm to a new owner; and the new owner will be responsible for registering the firearm in their name.
These two requirements would be accompanied by firearms training. An owner who completes specific training would receive additional qualifications on their license.
Finally, the fees for this licensing and registration would cover administrative costs and provide additional funding for local law enforcement. This support to local law enforcement would be a direct reflection of the public perceived need for firearms for protection.