There’s a post over at Bloomberg floating a proposal for a voluntary “No Gun” registry. The idea is that someone could register with a state, and as long as he stayed on that list, he would be unable to buy a gun. Anytime the person wanted to buy a gun, he could remove himself from the list. The catch is that it would take three weeks to drop off the list and that the state would tattle to persons and entities who the no-gun registrant had designated when registering.
Umm, when I don’t want to buy a gun, I simply don’t buy one.
When I’ve needed a weapon because I was being stalked, I would not have wanted to wait three weeks to obtain one.
I agree with Glenn Reynolds:
But the problem here is, who, in this toxic political environment, would trust this sort of list not to be abused?
When your institutions are politicized and untrustworthy, it takes options off the table. I’m pretty sure this is one of those.