I have to laugh every time I hear anti-gun people use the need to register cars as a reason to register all guns.
They like to point out that if we have to jump over so many hurdles to drive, we should also have to jump over at least that many hurdles to purchase a gun.
First, let’s address the obvious. Criminals don’t register guns. Criminals can buy guns through black and grey market sources. Criminals are able to get guns even in countries where guns have been completely banned, such as the UK and Australia. The laws do not apply to criminals.
Compared to cars, this is a non-starter, as criminals can still legal purchase a car and get a driver’s license even though they have been convicted of serious criminal charges. Even if a criminal needs a car and can’t afford one, it is very easy to borrow one from a friend or family member without any issues. Heck, a friend or family member can give a car to criminal without any legal repercussions.
However, let’s look at what is so different:
- Drivers do not have to take a driving test every time they buy a car.
- Drivers do not have to take a test or be cleared before they are given a car by a friend or family member.
- Drivers do not have to take a test or be cleared by a Government agency before they are allowed to rent or borrow a car.
- Car owners do not have to get permission from the Government to sell a car or loan a car.
- When selling a car, the buyer is responsible for registration and paying the sales tax. The private seller doesn’t have to do anything other than fill out their side of the paperwork when selling and doesn’t even have to verify if the person buying the car has a driver’s license.
- A car is not treated as a completely different type of car just because it has a spoiler on it, or low profile tires, or a loud muffler.
- A person can own a car without having a driver’s license.
- A person can own a car even while serving time in prison.
- Car owners do not have to have a special license or pass a background check if they want to buy gas.
- There are no limits on cars being allowed based on how fast they are, how many passengers they hold, how much cargo they can haul, or how much gas they can hold.
- A driver’s license issued in one State is valid all over the United States.
- Most importantly, these laws only apply to cars used on public roads. Race cars are not required to meet these requirements, nor are the drivers. This is also true of farm vehicles and others that are only used on private property. There is no requirement to register them nor to have licensed drivers. Thanks, Ryan Hurey for that insight.
Gun owners, though, have different requirements:
- They are required to go through a background check every time they buy a gun from a dealer. This applies to all dealers at gun shows, too.
- They are required to go through a background check even if they already own guns.
- They are required to go through a background check even if they have a conceal carry permit (in almost all States).
- They need to check the laws of each State, and even cities and local counties, when traveling with guns to see if they are allowed, and how they are allowed to travel with them.
- Needing to pay special taxes based on sizes of some guns and how much sound they make.
- Having to notify special Government agencies when traveling with some guns.
To top it off, we see legislation that would require the following:
- They need to take the gun, along with the buyer, to a retailer that can perform a background check for them and then pay a fee to that dealer when selling a gun to a private party.
- They have to get approval from a Government agency if they want to give a gun to a family member, even if that family member already has a gun or a conceal carry permit.
- They would have limits to how many rounds a magazine can hold, because, you know, it isn’t possible to change a magazine in less than a second.
- They would have limits to being able to even remove a magazine from a gun without using a special device.
- They would like to have background checks for buying bullets.
- Loaning a gun at a range to a friend or family member would require a background check.
- Banning certain weapons because of how they look, and not anything related to the fire power