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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:47 PM

43. Likely yes actually.

 

A gun ban in the US would, for the gnashing of teeth, probably be as successful as Japan's 1971 ban over a similar period of time.

They're not as easy to produce as drugs or alcohol...if they were, there would already be a bootleg gun-smithing black-market in the US for obvious reasons. The absence of one proves the capacity of the government and difficulty of the premise in this respect. Just about nobody has the means or skill to produce a gun of moderate quality in their backyard from raw-material off the radar...the best-case scenario therein is something akin to the pipe-musket assembled from parts available in a hardware store: single-shot, wildly-inaccurate past 60', non-standard caliber, no magazine, slow to load, low muzzle-velocity due to lack of rifling. Severe criminalization of possession, transfer or sale would reduce guns in circulation rapidly...history and observation bears that out.

The issue raised above about smuggling of guns into the US ignores that Mexico already has a failed gun-ban (most of the guns in Mexico are smuggled in from the US) which would be substantially-increased in effectiveness by a US ban...and the difficulty of smuggling guns in any great quantity in the first place.

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