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Response to libdem4life (Reply #46)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:24 PM

49. Smog checks for cars doesn't really translate for guns

I might point to individual ranges and lead contamination, not the guns themselves. Also there is the issue of steel or bismuth shot rather than lead, but that's a law governing usage, not the specific gun. Maybe I misunderstood and that was the analogy you were drawing. If so, then there are laws governing the environmental impact of firearms usage.

Safety checks in those states that have them for cars might equate to a drop test to see if a loaded firearm with the hammer back (assuming it has an exposed hammer) could be safely dropped and have the hammer block safety ensure it does not fire. Given some of the testing that's been done on some firearms, like Glocks by the City of Miami PD, an annual re-check would be seen as irrelevant.

For most car rentals, an extra $10 a day, and you are exempt from darned near anything except willful destruction of the vehicle.

Anecdotally, I've seen people do stuff with cars where they effectively walk away by paying a fine, and if it were a gun they'd be in jail and never owning a gun again. You can kill someone with a car, pay your fine, go to jail, get out, and go get another car. I used to work on contract at the Department of Licensing, Driver's Section, so I got to see data coming through of people who should have been in jail, never allowed to drive again, but as a society we send them on their merry way with a wagged finger.

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