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  •  Another idea for discussion (3+ / 0-)
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    Major Kong, notrouble, FiredUpInCA

    Background checks - "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." Wouldn't you love to throw that back at the people who've given us death by drone, wiretaps without warrants, and wars of choice?

    Here's a somewhat related question. What about a requirement that all new firearms should be designed with some kind of visual indication whenever there is a round anywhere in it - in a magazine, in the chamber, etc. ? I can't see it being all that hard to do mechanically.

    You're always expected to treat any firearm as loaded, but considering how many people shoot themselves with 'empty' guns all the time, wouldn't it make sense? A friend of mine complains it might cut into the number of Darwin Awards earned each year, and I am sure there are those who would complain it would just add expense to the price and would make the gun unreliable, etc. etc. It's like helmets, airbags, and seat belts though. How would the cost compare to the lives saved and injuries prevented?   Thoughts?

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    by xaxnar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:27:05 PM PST

    •  It makes me laugh... (1+ / 0-)
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      "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about."
      That's why the Patriot Act is a good thing! (snark)

      New guns seem to be required to have a loaded chamber indicator. I don't know if it really is a requirement, but new pistols all seem to have it, including older designs that where produced for years without it.

      I'm an RKBA type person and I do support reasonable improvements:

      Background checks required (NICS) for all purchases. A system for this is already in place because it is required for purchases across state lines.

      Effective laws against trafficking and straw purchasers. Obstructions to the enforcement of existing firearms regulations should be eliminated.

      Mandatory reporting stolen and missing firearms. This should apply to dealers and private persons.

      Reasonable magazine capacity limits. If you are proposing less than 10 rounds I am likely to not see it as reasonable. That has been a standard number for many firearms for longer than I have been alive. This idea is not popular with significant percentage of RKBA people.

      A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by notrouble on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 08:57:40 PM PST

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    •  A lot of guns already have that feature (1+ / 0-)
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      xaxnar

      by way of a visual indicator that there is a round chambered.  It still comes down to the fact that the only real gun safety is the one between your ears.

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