Thursday, October 20, 2005

gun locks

Dave Kopel over at the Volokh Conspiracy has a nice summary of a bill just passed by Congress. The bill's main purpose is to elminate abusive law suits against gun manufacturers and owners, but it also contains a provision requiring all guns sold to be sold with some sort of locking mechanism.

Since the law doesn't seem to require the person who buys the gun to keep the locking mechanism, I wonder what is to prevent people from selling them back to the gun store immediately after they buy the gun.

There is no need for thousands of unwanted gun locks to be manufactured and forced on the public. Each gun store just keeps a bin full of gun locks. When you buy a gun, they bump the price by five dollars and throw in a lock. If you don't want it, you can sell it back immediately after you buy the gun. The gun store gives you five dollars and tosses it back in the bin.

Is a law worth passing when it's intent is so easily nullified?

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