It wraps context and data around political promises and slogans with particular attention given to another gun ban and so-called universal background checks.
The previous U.S. gun ban grandfathered possession of weapons and magazines and did not provide any provision for seizing or buying back banned items already on the street. The 2019 legislation, H.R. 1296, is similar and includes a long list of guns that would be excluded from regulation.
New Zealand is now in the process of paying $129 million U.S. to buy back banned semiautomatic weapons. Owners have until December to surrender illicit and unregistered guns, thought to number between 1.2 million and 1.5 million.
Universal background checks are proposed in the U.S. to close the so-called "gun show loophole" by which strangers may sell firearms to other strangers without subjecting the buyer to a background check.
Unfortunately, as The New York Times notes, very few mass obtained arms in private sales. The most notable was the Odessa shooter, who investigators say bought a rifle from another individual after being denied a purchase from a federally-licensed dealer who provided a background check.
Reporters have noted that even without gun shows, there are plenty of reporting loopholes that allow private gun sales to proceed unchecked. The prospect of having to facilitate private party sales in New Mexico forced Walmart to announce July 1 that it would discontinue gun sales in the state because it did not want to be responsible for third-party firearms coming into their stores.
The reason for the decision, pre-dating the shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, was similar to the reason the retailer has now discontinued the sale of many types of ammunition: that it wants its patrons to feel safe while shopping.
If that environment would make you feel safer, here are the gun policies of major retailers. Please note that in order to comply with Texas law banning open carry or concealed carry firearms on a premise, property management must post at all entrances Sec. 30.06 and 30.07 signs with one-inch letters, in English and Spanish, and displayed in contrasting colors.
Would universal background checks work? This National Review article measures the promises against the pitfalls.
Finally, for our readers who may be unfamiliar with the most basic information about firearms -- nuts and bolts instead of policy -- Vox prepared an excellent primer explaining guns for non-gun people.
-- Dr. Gatling