Don't waste your time if you want to buy a hand gun
There are millions of very responsible gun owners. A vast majority I'm sure. All this follows a trend of losing privileges over decades because of bad apples. Amazing how few bad apples it takes to create an uproar. Think back. I'll give you a major tradition that was destroyed by a few bad apples....Halloween. How about buying cold remedies that contain meth cooking ingredients? How about the prescription pill abusers that make it hard for the rest of us to get the prescriptions we really need? How about people who hide bombs in their shoes? You see my point. It's sincerely sad a responsible majority has to suffer from the actions of relatively few, but that is the new order of the world we now live in.
What stops some nutjob from leveling an AR-15 on you in a crowded venue? Someone that picked it up at a gun show with no background checks performed. Or someone that even got it legally because they could pass the superficial background checks. My push is to get guns like those LICENSED. A much more thorough background EXAM that would have to be passed in all phases before a license to own one of these particular types of weapons would be granted. The difficulty in attaining this license should be no less than the requirements for attaining a license to use explosives. But to me the "practicality" of owning an assualt weapon in particular has a much narrower corridor of justification IN TODAYS WORLD.