In a country where mass shootings are becoming the norm, one would think that lawmakers would be more careful with the laws they pass. Instead of concentrating on the utterances of the National Rifle Association, one would think they would work overtime to get public safety right.
Unfortunately that is not the case in West Virginia. A new law designed to make it easier for people to buy hand guns has a major flaw.
A new law that makes it easier for West Virginians to buy a handgun also makes it easier for some people who have recently committed a crime to buy a gun.
The law allows anyone who obtains a new concealed weapons permit to buy a gun without undergoing a federal background check.
How exactly does the flaw work? It turns out gun permits are good for five years. After getting one federal background check, the purchaser is not required to get another one for the duration of the permit. They claim the check is redundant.
As such, if a gun buyer is convicted of a crime before his gun permit expires, he can still use that permit to purchase additional weapons. The lawmakers left no provisions for revoking the gun permits.
The above is a gross violation of the public trust. By passing this law, lawmakers have placed many West Virginians’ lives in danger. The question is whether the lawmakers will fix the flaw in this law or not. After-all, West Virginians do not need another bad guy with a gun to enable the good guys with guns to have an excuse to put more American families in danger. The availability of more guns simply increases the frequency of more homicides and suicides.
CNN reports on how scarily easy it is to purchase weapons.
A 2013 report from CNN, “Buying guns: No questions asked,” reveals how scarily easy it is to buy guns in three other states — Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee: “No names, no IDs, no paperwork, not even a receipt.”