I offer Senator Schumer the following hypothetical compromises to consider with his gun-grabbing brethren:
- In exchange for adding flamethrowers to the items regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA 34), suppressors are to be removed entirely from the NFA. They are noise reduction devices with little actual use in crime, and are proven beneficial to social health, which is why they are encouraged even in firearms-averse European countries.
- In exchange for giving the Department of Justice the option to set up mobile National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) at at commercial gun shows for the voluntary use of sellers that do not have a FFL of their own, the often arbitrary local law-enforcement sign-off of NFA weapons will be discarded.
- In exchange for the creating of felony trafficking laws that make it easier for the federal government to prosecute arms smugglers for felonies and add additional years and fines to straw purchasing convictions, the so-called “Hughes Amendment” to the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA) will be struck from the record, allowing those citizens willing to go through the established processes to own NFA-regulated firearms manufactured after 1986.
I think I'd be willing to go as far as: in exchange for requiring a fingerprinting and thorough background check for anyone desiring to purchase a firearm (with the requirement that the record of the fingerprints will be destroyed as soon as the check is complete, if it comes up clean), a national shall-issue weapons license permitting the bearer to freely purchase, keep, and bear firearms and other weapons in any state, territory, or area under the control of the United States or any of the several states. Exceptions may be made only for prisons and facilities classified as Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facilities or above (i.e., they contain information at the highest levels of classification).
I'm outta here. You guys are making sense.
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