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  •  Deterrence (0+ / 0-)

    When the guns are sold across the border, and the out-of-the-trunk seller is offered a lighter sentence for informing on the crooked bricks-and-mortar dealer in the next state, that's one crooked dealer fewer, and an incentive for the rest to be more careful.

    •  Crooked means violating the law (1+ / 0-)
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      Nothing you posted stops working if the laws are uniform across the nation. One dealer following the law can still rat out one who isn't.

      But as a matter of principal, we shouldn't write our laws with the aim of encouraging citizens to turn each other in. People stop trusting each other. Then the really bad shit starts happening.

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