For a glimpse into the future of gun sales in America if anti-gun elitists get their way, one only needs to look south at our neighbors in Mexico.
According to the AP:
There's just one place in all of Mexico where you can legally buy a gun. It's tucked away in an anonymous building on an army base in the capital, staffed by soldiers.
In fact, while Mexico’s Constitution is not all too similar to the US Constitution, it at least guarantees citizens the right to own firearms for hunting and self-defense. But because of their regulatory scheme:
Legally getting your hands on one, however, requires clearing a series of bureaucratic hurdles far stricter than in the United States and, for many, travelling great distances to reach the country's lone gun store.
In fact, most of Mexico's 120 million inhabitants probably don't even know about the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales — it is prohibited from advertising any of its goods, or the mere fact that it exists.
That’s correct. The lone gun store in Mexico cannot even advertise its wares to the public or even the fact that it exists to do business. (Now, where have we heard of a law forbidding the advertising of firearms? Oh yeah, it's already in existence right now in California.)
If you do by chance find the store and decide to do business, don't plan on leaving without a slew of paperwork and a lengthy wait:
At least six separate documents are required to buy a gun: a birth certificate, a letter confirming employment, proof of a clean criminal record from the attorney general's office in the applicant's home state, a utility bill with current address, a copy of a government-issued ID and a federal social security number.
Gun owners must register every weapon they have, and people say it's nearly impossible to secure a concealed carry permit, something that's allowed in the majority of U.S. states.
Luciano Segurajauregui Alvarez, a gun advocate who shoots recreationally and competitively, said those permits are routinely denied.
"If I put my papers in ... they're going to take about three to four, even six months, and then send me a letter telling me that it's the obligation of the state to provide security for all people in Mexico, so your permit is denied," said Segurajauregui, who is a professor of design at Mexico's Metropolitan Autonomous University.
He called that idiotic. "You can't assign a soldier to preserve the security of each and every one of the people," he said.
Now, you may think that we are sounding the alarm too soon, and you may be saying to yourself that there is no way we would ever adopt those policies.
Unfortunately, you'd be wrong, as many of these policies have been implemented to some extent in California.
The City of San Francisco and the County of Alameda have implemented de facto bans on gun stores within their borders. Advertising the sale of handguns in front of a gun shop is illegal. A range of documentation is required to purchase a handgun. There is now a forced registration of every weapon you purchase, and the assault weapons registry is going to open back up in 2017. You are required to wait 10 days to pick up your legally purchased firearm. And concealed carry permits are close to impossible to get depending on where you live.
As Mr. Alvarez stated, it is idiotic.
But we've seen a glimpse of the future. And the foundation for the implementation of this vision has already been started in California.