The NRA is not cool with people trying to break gun laws or using guns to commit crime.
Not trying to use hyperbole here, but I do not see how that fits with their obstruction of background checks and every other effort to curb gum violence. Even if they strenuously agree with project exile, is there not a big, fat loophole with gun shows, the internets and person-to-person sales? And right now, it is very difficult to track down straw sales, correct? Their shouting about lack of enforcement is not credible to me.
They may be supportive of people following the law, but they are also doing their best to eliminate the law, or failing that, castrate it. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/01/never-mind-new-guns-laws-the-nra-keeps-weakening-the-existing-ones.html
link in this one to the study by the Center for American Progress is pretty good. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/02/07/nra-interferes-with-atf-operations/1894355/
Points out they got the charge of false record keeping reduced to a misdemeanor to make it less likely to be enforced. Yay NRA. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/nra-weakened-gun-control-laws
10 more ways they undermine the laws. #7 & 8 are insane.
I don't understand your logic. Don't think I'm being condescending in explaining it further. Right now there is a database of who has purchased guns legally in Illinois and Indiana.
Thanks. I don't take it as condescending. I think I am
missing something. I thought having a database was illegal? Seriously. ATF isn't even allowed to digitize their records. So who has the database?
An Illinois resident must have a FOID card in order to buy firearms or ammunition.
So how are they getting the weapons and ammo?
That law applies to private transactions, as well as purchases from dealers.
But there is no way to know if the private transactors are doing that or not.
As for enforcing the law - if you passed a law that says all gun owners must register their weapons - how are you going to enforce that? Folks who don't register their guns would then be breaking the law.
I think you have to make the penalties for being caught with an unregistered weapon steep. I think you have to make the penalties for illegally transferring a gun steep. I think you have to spot check at hunting season and at shooting ranges. Every time someone buys ammo, check to see if it matches the guns they have registered. If not, they have some explaining to do. Or, a search warrant gets written out.
I think it will take time, but if you fix some of the problems highlighted in the links above, eventually you'll be able to get your arms around it. This is a problem that has been allowed to grow to unmanageable proportions. It is like the Blob. It will not be solved with one law or in one day.
See, in my opinion laws are in place already. Enforcement is problematic, just like enforcement of drug laws. Enforcement causes as many, and maybe more, problems than it creates.
Come on, Odin. You cannot just sit back and throw darts are all the ideas to fix the problem. That is lazy. You are shrugging your shoulders and giving up on keeping guns away from the bad guys and idiots.