Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Safe storage of firearms: The harms from Bloomberg’s strange background check system

" One of the major sources for guns used by violent criminals is the theft of guns from law-abiding citizens. Sometimes the criminal steals the gun himself; other times, a burglar steals the gun, and the black market delivers it to a violent criminal. We also know that in the United States, unlike in some other countries, burglars mostly avoid occupied homes, because of the risk of being shot. So the risk of gun theft may be especially great when a home is unoccupied for several days or weeks, as when a family goes on vacation. Thus, it would be beneficial to public safety to encourage families who will be away from home for an extended period to store their firearms with neighbors or friends. This is especially true if the family does not own a sturdy gun safe. Unfortunately, the so-called “universal background check” laws being pushed by Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown” lobby discourage safe storage."
[Washington Post]

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