The common sense gun laws advocated by Nick Orihel (Bee Nov. 19} would delight the gun manufacturers.
When almost anyone can pack a gun, the number of casualties by the daily mass shootings may be reduced somewhat, but the number of domestic and neighborly arguments terminated by a handy gun would be increased many fold.
Australia was plagued with mass shootings until laws were passed. Many laws were a patchwork by the provinces, but they were coordinated with the National Firearms Agreement, which reduced the carnage considerably. The Agreement provided:
• A person who possesses a firearm must have a firearm license and must demonstrate a “genuine reason” for holding a firearm license.
• Firearms must be registered by serial number.
• Categories of guns, from single shot to military type, are defined and who can use them.
• Transfer of ownership of guns is regulated.
• A gun buyback program by the government purchases privately owned firearms.
The effects of those gun laws include:
• The number of firearm-related deaths declined 47 percent.
• In 2014, 35 people were victims of firearms homicide
• Suicide deaths using firearms more than halved.
• Only 0.06 percent of licensed firearms are stolen.
Let’s give it a try.
JOSEPH HENRY WYTHE