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  •  Why not ? ... because Windmill Tilting results (0+ / 0-)

    in bruised butts and sore heads. Your Squire sympathizes  but your horse just laughs.

    Near as I can figure: the Republican legislators are on board with the NRA agenda ... and the Democrats are too chickenshit to oppose it.  (It's not dignified to have your Squire sympathizing and your horse laughing.)

    Personally ... I'm with the late Ted Kennedy on the idea that there ought to be a "Class X Dealer's License" allowing/enabling citizens to undergo ONE background check, and thereafter buy and sell defined types and quantities of conventional sporting arms in all 50 states, -- subject to the local laws and regulations.

    Now the problem with Black Powder, as of this moment, is that under existing  State regulations, there are a lot of jurisdictions (my own included) in which you cannot conveniently go into the sporting goods store, show your ID and buy enough, and only enough,  powder for your immediate needs.

    Rather than put up with the fol-de-rol of an in-person purchase ... it's a lot less trouble  to order "online." However,  with shipping costs and HAZMAT fees,  it makes more economic sense to buy much more than you actually need, and sell the surplus to the  good and trusted friends you met the other day at the shooting match or target range.

    Yet, even so ... until now there's been precious little harm done to the commonwealth with Black Powder and black powder arms -- at least not as compared to handguns and "modern sporting arms."

    Personally, I want for there to be a National database of owners and serial numbers ...

    I'd like firearms to be as well kept-track-of as automobiles and pedigree dogs.

    But, I'm not in the Senate, am I ?   Nor am I likely to be.

    C'mon ... we live with  a DE-regulatory legislative climate in which the Federal law against straw purchases is well nigh unenforceable ... Federal agencies are barred by law from collecting statistics on gun crimes ...  

    Well, I'm telling you stuff you already know:  "The NRA and their Useful Idiots  will not have it so."  

    Nor is it that this Administration has shown any enthusiasm for RE-regulating -- ANYTHING.

    Meanwhile: on "our side" the well-meaning and ill-informed cannot even manage to frame "The Gun Show Exception"  as the "Dark Alley Exception".  (Gun Shows are family-friendly, community based Good Things -- so law abiding, church going  citizens selling weapons to other law abiding and church going citizens in the parking lot of a Gun Show -- where's the problem.  But the same loophole in the federal law allows any one to sell their personal property to anyone else, and if the other anyone else just happens to commit a crime with it -- well, the local law can  punish the buyer if he/she wasn't allowed to own a gun in the first place.

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