Gun Control: Why Do We Need Licenses To Own Guns? Essay

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Gun Control: Why Do We Need Licenses To Own Guns?

Gun Control: Why Do We Need Licenses To Own Guns?


Automobiles must only be licensed for use upon public roads, and
licenses are not required for the purchase of cars. There are no waiting
periods or background checks on the purchase of cars. People who misuse their
cars are punished for their own actions, and particular types of cars aren't
banned or taken away from those who use them safely. Unlike driving on public
roads, which is a privilege, owning a gun is a right explicitly protected by the
U.S. Constitution . The right of self -defense is fundamental and inalienable,
but requiring a license to own the means of self defense gives government the
power to deny that right, for whatever reason. Licensing of law-abiding
citizens to carry a concealed weapon is permissible, because, like driving, the
government has an interest in maintaining public safety by ensuring as best it
can that only the law-abiding carry in public. However, some supporters of the
right to keep and bear arms oppose requiring a permit for concealed carry, and
prefer a permitless system like that of the state of Vermont, which simply
punishes misuse of guns, rather than restricting their lawful use. Restricting
the ability of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms on their own
property, and in defense of their homes and families, punishes them before they
have even done anything wrong.
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