A Sensible National Gun Control Law

The United States of America needs a sensible gun control policy designed to allow individuals to legally protect their homes and/or hunt, while preventing civilians from out-gunning local police forces, and local police forces from out-gunning either state national guards or federal military forces.  This policy includes 1) Classes, 2) Registration, 3) Buy-backs and 4) Minimum Mandatory Sentencing.


1) There are four Classes of Gun Ownership:

Gun Class 1 - Civilian: This includes all handguns, rifles and shotguns that are manual re-load [1] only (i.e. - neither semi-automatic [2] nor automatic weapons [3]).  Conversion kits designed to transform these guns into semi-automatic or automatic weapons would be illegal for ownership by, or public or private sale to, civilians.

Gun Class 2 - Police/Security: This includes all handguns, rifles and shotguns that are either manual re-load or semi-automatic, but not automatic weapons.  Conversion kits designed to transform manual re-load weapons into semi-automatic weapons could be publicly sold to individual police departments and properly licensed private security firms, but not privately sold to any of their employees.  Conversion kits designed to transform any guns in this class into automatic weapons would be illegal for ownership by, or sale to, police departments, private security firms, and/or any of their employees.

Gun Class 3 - Military: This includes any and all types of guns and gun conversion kits, including manual re-load, semi-automatic and automatic weapons.

Gun Class 4 - Dealers: Any individual or entity (i.e. - business, corporation, etc.) desiring to sell any class of gun must obtain and maintain all applicable local, state, and federal licenses prior to, and while, conducting such sales.  An individual may give one gun per year to one, and only one, other individual as a gift without having any gun dealer licenses.  An individual can only give up to one gifted gun per year.  An individual can only receive up to one gifted gun per year.  Entities cannot gift guns.


2) All Class One Gun Sales, Gifts, and Ownership are registered annually:

Each and every year, all Class One Gun Sales (including trade, barter or exchange) and Gifts are to be registered in a national database.  Each and every year, all Class One Gun Ownership is to be either first-time registered, annually re-registered, or de-registered by the gift giver in a national database.  The following violations incur a loss of all gun ownership rights, with forfeiture to the federal government without compensation of all guns registered by the offending individual or entity:

a) Failure of the original owner to register any Class One Gun Sale or Gift (given or received).

b) Failure of the current owner to register, re-register, or de-register any Class One Gun Ownership.

c) Loss by the current owner of any Class One Gun (i.e. - lost or stolen gun).

d) Giving or receiving more than one gifted gun per year.

e) Gun gifting by an entity (i.e. - this is non-individual gifting, which is equivalent to an illegal sale by an entity).


3) There is a national gun buy-back program and amnesty period:

Immediately upon implementation of this policy, a national gun buy-back program and amnesty period is in force for a total of six (6) consecutive months during which time all individuals and entities are exempt from any penalties in this policy.  During this six month period, the United States Government registers, or buys back at fair market value, any and all classes of guns from any and all individuals and/or entities.  After this six month period, all provisions of this policy are in full force.


4) Minimum Mandatory Prison Sentences are as follows:

5 Years:

Civilian possession of a Class Two Gun,  a Class Three Gun, a Class Two Conversion Kit, a Class Three Conversion Kit, an unregistered gun, or a lost gun.

Police/Security Officer possession, not related to official duty, of a Class Three Gun, a Class Three Conversion Kit, an unregistered gun, or a lost gun.

10 Years:     For possession of any gun used in an ILLEGAL ACTIVITY where the weapon IS NOT fired and IS NOT the cause of any physical injuries or deaths.

15 Years:     For possession of any gun used in an ILLEGAL ACTIVITY where the weapon IS fired but IS NOT the cause of any physical injuries or deaths.

20 Years:     For possession of any gun used in an ILLEGAL ACTIVITY where the weapon IS NOT fired but IS the cause of any physical injuries or deaths (i.e. - pistol whipping).

25 Years:     For possession of any gun used in an ILLEGAL ACTIVITY where the weapon IS fire and IS the cause of any physical injuries or deaths.



NOTES:

1.    Manual-reload: any pistol, rifle, or shotgun which requires manual human action after each firing in order to reload, including single-shots (dropping blocks [tilting, falling, rolling], break-action, hinged block, bolt action, lever release) and repeaters (revolver, bolt action, lever-action, pump-action, rolling block).

2.    Semi-automatic: any pistol, rifle, or shotgun which automatically reloads itself prior to the next round be manually, trigger fired.  These weapons automatically reload.  They do not automatically re-fire (a separate manual, trigger pull is required for each firing).

3.    Automatic: any pistol, rifle, shotgun, or machine gun which automatically reloads and fires as long as the trigger is continually held without release (no repeated manual, trigger pulls require to continue re-loading and re-firing).


(last updated: 10/05/17)