I'm perfectly fine with the city passing the steep penalties for "losing" your gun. I would even take it one step further and argue that there should be a legislated way of securing your weapons (i.e. "Gun must be secured by at least two locks and stored separately from the ammunition"). Bram is right, if the NRA wants us to strictly adhere to the "right to keep and bear arms" part then they need to deal with the "well regulated" part. This rule would be a powerful tool for city prosecutors to imprison people who are distributing guns.
As to the constitutionality of the ban, that's not an excuse for not passing it. That's what the courts are for. Throw it on the books and if the Supreme Court (or another Federal Court) says it has to come off, then it has to come off. Pass the law cause its smart. It's not a city councilman's role to decide whether it is constitutional or not.
11 months ago