3/27/2012

Washington Examiner piece: "Ask Canada -- gun registration won't make D.C. safer"

My piece with Gary Mauser in the Washington Examiner starts this way:


The D.C. Council will soon vote on a new law that would eliminate several obstacles for gun buyers -- a five-hour training course, ballistics testing, a vision test, and a ban on certain types of ammunition. But they will leave unchanged the registration requirement for gun owners. D.C. could learn a lot from Canada's decision to finally rescind its gun registry in February.Beginning in 1998, Canadians spent a whopping $2.7 billion on creating and running a registry for long guns -- in the U.S., the same amount per gun owner would come to $67 billion. For all that money, the registry was never credited with solving a single murder. Instead, it became an enormous waste of police officers' time, diverting their efforts from traditional policing activities. . . .

Some relevant links are here:

 D.C. Council panel agrees to discard some gun rules

 Fox Can't Keep Story Straight On D.C. Gun Laws


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2 Comments:

Blogger TYF said...

As far as you know, do your findings also apply to Michigan? Handgun registration in our state is an intrusive headache, and IMO a waste of time, but I'm wondering if there's evidence of its uselessness in solving crimes. I'd sure like to see it repealed.

3/29/2012 1:28 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

TYF; Give this a try...

http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1591_3503_4654-77621--,00.html

This is the MSP's CCW reports web page.

3/30/2012 1:56 PM  

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