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Bud Leiner

Information Technology Specialist, Arizona Department of Insurance

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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.

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  • Feb 11 2013: Youll have to forgive if i lack certain etiquites in response as this is my first post onto ted. I'd like to say that I partially agree with your idea. The idea of multi level gun controls is a fairly proven system in canada, we have 3 types of licenses (very basically non-restricted being 18 inch or longer barrel, restricted being a 16 in barrel or pistol, and prohibited being fully automatic or "scary" guns. I say scary because many have been banned based on no other premise.) I like the system we have as far as classification with the exception of prohibs, just because a firearm is fully automatic or looks scary does not mean im going to use it as a weapon. It can be treated like any other firearm, it just goes faster. In relation to automobiles, if you put a responsible driver behind the wheel of a Ford Focus you will have the same safe results as putting that driver behind a Lambourghini. Now, take a second driver, new to the road, and put him in both those vehicles. In the lambo he is more likely to press the accelerator perhaps a touch harder than he should. This is where I agree with your suggestion of badges or license levels. Earn you right to play with bigger toys. Now, people will say a car is much different than a gun, however I ask you to think of this. Yes, a ford focus is like a semi automatic, its a touch slow, but works just fine. The lambo is much faster and more powerful, as an automatic assault rifle would be. However, in the hands of a non-responsible person, lets use intoxication in this example, both vehicles become deadly weapons. I would not recommend a new shooter to buy a 50 BMG rifle, but starting with a .22lr and working up to do an in person practical test/demonstration of skills to move to 9mm would be a great way to go.

    As far as a registration goes, canada has had a long gun registry that was implemented, and is actually being taken down.

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