Why Licensing Gun Owners Is Unworkable and (Probably) Unconstitutional

 

 

 

 

” The main problem that I can think of for licensing gun owners is that it converts a right that you can exercise at will into a privilege for which you need government permission. That raises important practical objections and, potentially, constitutional hurdles.

The practical objections should be clear in such a politically loaded issue: Informing millions of gun owners that they now need permission from government officials they’ve already clearly indicated they distrust to purchase and own firearms — something they consider a natural right — is begging for opposition and non-compliance on a massive scale. Fisher says he foresees little opposition because many gun owners have submitted to licensing and permitting requirements for concealed carry and hunting. But … hunting is a recreational activity involving a use of a firearm that’s already owned. Concealed carry also involves a use of an already owned gun — and permitting requirements for concealed carry are sufficiently controversial that several states, including my own Arizona, haverepealed them or made them voluntary (some people still want them for the purposes of reciprocity with other states). “