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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:21 PM

You want some common-sense gun control? Here you go. [View all]

1. All firearms must be purchased from a federally licensed dealer. No private sales. If you want to sell your privately owned gun, you must do so through a federally licensed dealer. All firearms must be registered, no exceptions. This would be retroactive, with a grace period for all guns currently in someone's possession. Part of the registration process will entail a ballistics test,which would then go into a national database.

2. More in-depth background checks and require a gun license. Currently, as long as you've never been institutionalized or deemed mentally unfit by a judge, you're considered mentally fit to own a gun. IMHO, part of the process for obtaining a firearm should require a note from a doctor or psychiatrist confirming that the applicant would not pose a danger by themselves or others. You would have to renew your license on a regular basis. If you become deemed unfit to own a gun, then your license would be revoked or unable to renew. If you commit any violent crime at all - assault, domestic violence, etc - you automatically become ineligible to own firearms.

3. Closely monitor all gun and ammo sales. We already closely monitor purchases of things like fertilizer and Sudafed. Firearms and ammo should be no different.

4. Taxation of all gun and ammo sales, with the taxes going to fund mental health treatment.

5. Banning large-capacity magazines. There is absolutely no need for anyone to have a 30-round magazine.

These are just a few gun-control ideas that would not infringe on anyone's "right" to own guns.

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