Gun Laws – Some Questions about Age Controls

I’ve been thinking about laws concerning  age controls on guns.  I am willing to concede that limiting access may play a small part in effective gun regulations however I have some questions.

Will laws concerning raising the age to buy guns be patterned after the current laws dealing with cigarettes, marijuana  and alcohol and if so is there any reason to believe that they will be more effective?

Will the proposed  laws also ban the use of guns under a certain age or just the sale?

Can a parent give a legally purchased gun or its use to their child ?

How will this affect the illegal transfer of, gifting of, or the  testamentary transfer of weapons from non parents?

If use or ownership is banned will there be a requirement that the millions of  now illegal guns be turned over to authorities or held in trust until the owner is of legal age and if so will current underage but  legal owners be compensated for loss of ownership and material use if not allowed to keep their guns.   If guns are seized from underage owners how will that fit in with 4th amendments  protection against search and seizure as the courts have held that underage individuals may not normally be denied rights before majority ?

Doing something just to be doing something is rarely effective,  Is it true that gun laws  such as these being proposed , no matter how well meaning and sounding, will at best move the age of atrocity commission back 3 years for a very limited group of malcontents and are highly unlikely to even accomplish that?

I know that this position is going to upset many of you.  Rather than attacking my intelligence  or me  personally perhaps you should try to answer the questions posed above.  And also the more important question, “Which is worse, a law that appears to do something but accomplishes nothing or no law at all.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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