Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said Virginia’s gun restrictions need revision.I agree that's a problem which needs to be fixed, but I'm not convinced it's the worst of it. Besides the purchasing of guns without a background check by people who would otherwise be denied, there are other sources to the gun flow.
“The biggest gap is the gun-show loophole,” Horwitz said. “This allows people to go to gun shows and purchase firearms without required background checks or forms.”
Some say theft is the biggest. I don't believe that, although I certainly favor holding gun owners responsible for making theft too easy.
The other way is through straw purchases. I think this is the biggest source, and more than the lax gun laws in Virginia it's the general attitude towards gun ownership that helps this one work. Zorro, for example believes that all gun laws are immoral. I would imagine he's not alone in that wild belief and it doesn't take much imagination to see what a gun shop owner who feels that way would do in his daily work. He'd turn a blind eye on any and all purchasers regardless of how suspicious.
So, here's what we do. Require background checks on all gun transfers. Establish gun storage requirements for the home which will be strictly enforced. And last but not least, require licensing of all gun owners and registration of every gun, to be followed by home inspections for compliance. Gun purchasers who cannot produce the gun they're supposed to own go immediately go jail for a year, let's say.
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