EDITORIAL: Gun ownership comes under fire

The following is an excerpt of a recent editorial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Rep. Maloney’s Firearm Risk Protection Act:

Gun control advocates, in their never-ending quest to take firearms from those who are licensed and trained to legally carry them, are trying to advance a bill in the House of Representatives introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. But the bill itself stomps on constitutional rights, and Rep. Maloney’s arguments for it can be shot so full of holes that the legislation would look like a target at a shooting range.

As reported by The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler, the Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled May 29, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, and would impose a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers would be exempt from the requirement.

Said Rep. Maloney in a statement: “We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns. The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.” That was just one in a stream of illogical statements in support of her legislation, but it was more than enough for National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke to prove the bill is fatally flawed. Mr. Cooke notes that homicides and injuries caused by firearms have been dramatically cut over the past two decades, as laws have been loosened to bring many more firearms into circulation.

Read the rest of the editorial at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.