I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about gun rights and gun laws in the past few weeks. I blame Michael Bane for getting it started with his thoughts about silencers, and it only escalated as I thought more about the Founders, and what I’ve interpreted of their intent if the Second Amendment. Below are some federal firearms laws, and how I’d like them amended.
Machine guns (NFA 1934, Hughes Amendment of FOPA 1986)
There is absolutely no reason people should be prosecuted and put in jail because a worn or malfunctioning firearm fires more than one shot per trigger pull… and yet people have gone to jail for this. Gun owners should be protected from abusive government agencies, and these cases are absurd examples of both bad law enforcement and bad judicial precedent. Write an exemption for what is clearly an abuse the people who wrote this law most likely never intended .
I’d also recommend the entirely punitive Hughes Amendment be stricken. As automatic weapons clearly meet the definition of the firearms of military/militia use, it is utterly absurd to ban the civilian ownership of arms the Founders clearly intended us to have.
Short-barreled rifles (SBRs) (NFA 1934)
Extremely practical and useful for any number of purposes because of their compact size, SBRs are particularly useful for close quarters combat, whether that be a military, law enforcement, or home defense. I’d like to see them removed from NFA classification entirely, and sold over-the-counter as you would any other rifle.
As Mr. Bane and others have noted, the initial purpose of banning silencers was to prevent poaching during the Great Depression. Poaching isn’t the problem it once, was, but urban sprawl is. By removing suppressors from NFA, shooting ranges will be a bit quieter, which should also result in better communication, better safety, and of course, less hearing damage.
I’m sure you have your ideas on what federal gun laws could use some revising. Feel free to share them in the comments.