A Texas Republican, Senator John Cornyn, has proposed a bill that would “crack down on illegal sellers.”” The “illegal sellers” are not the old gents with a 14/70 lever gun that will kick the teeth out of your head but these who targeted traffic stolen guns, and the “street corner dealers who maintain the nearby addicts supplied with guns. And such a crackdown has been recommended time just after time by these of us concerned by the soaring crime price and a wish to do a thing about it.
The national Crime Survey pegs the quantity of gun associated crimes at 410,000, of which far more than 240,000 are recognized to have been facilitated by a stolen gun. Placing a crimp in that targeted traffic would place the brakes on gun associated crime in locations that desperately want that relief, such as Chicago, Detroit, Dayton, Boston, Hartford, New York City, Trenton, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other folks.
And the far more so if the penalty for stealing, trafficking, or promoting stolen guns need to be proportionate to the seriousness of the crime. 990 days is not a proportionate penalty for attempting to smuggle 137 completely automatic AK-47 assault rifles to a Chicago street gang.
The story is behind a really powerful “Subscribe or go to -well” paywall, and there appears to be practically nothing however at the Library of Congress site. I will report far more when I have it, and I strongly.
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