It’s Time to Classify Weapons, Just Like We Do Drugs.

In 1970, the government passed the Federal Controlled Substance Act. “The goal of the Controlled Substances Act is to improve the manufacturing, importation and exportation, distribution, and dispensing of controlled substances.” It has now been over 50 years since this act was passed. In recent years. there has been some refining of it processes and procedures. Schedule I and Schedule drugs are the most highly regulated. Pharmacy are required to keep a database of users and prescriptions issued.

I’m not sure why this is not possible with firearms. I know the answer is money, politics and the gun lobby.

The broad categories of guns are

  1. Revolvers
  2. Handguns
  3. Rifles
  4. Shotguns
  5. Machine Guns
  6. Assault Rifles

If there were scheduled like drugs then we would have a scale of I-V with I being the most dangerous and most highly regulated.

  1. Class I – The most highly regulated.
    1. Assault Rifles
    2. Machine Guns
  2. Class II – Slightly less regulated
    1. Hand Guns (does not include revolvers)
  3. Class III –
    1. Rifles
  4. Class IV-
    1. Shotguns
  5. Class V-
    1. Revolvers
    2. Antiques
 Class IClass IIClass IIIClass IVClass V
7-Day Waiting Period   XX
14-Day Waiting Period  X  
21-Day Waiting Period X   
28-Day Waiting PeriodX    
8-hour Training Course   XX
16-Hour Training Course  X  
24-Hour Training Course X   
32-Hour Training CourseX    
Proficiency TestXXXXX
Background CheckXXXXX
Psychological TestingXX   
Hunting License  X  
Written Explanation of Need ApplicationX    

What you see above are merely suggestions for ways to make gun ownerships more safe. If I were to add anything else, then it would be a minimum age requirement of 25 years-old.

Not once did I say that I wanted to infringe on someone’s right to bear arms, just that it will take a little longer to obtain a firearm. This delay should allow for time to omit people that have criminal backgrounds and psychological testing as needed.

In the State of Texas there have been five mass shootings since Abbott became Governor. He is is unwilling take steps to improve gun safety in Texas. In fact, he has done the exact opposite and made it easier for everyone to obtain a gun with no safeguards in place.

Abbott and the State Legislature is 100% responsible for the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

In order for there to be change, there must be change!

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