Our Unenforced Gun Laws
And how to make them more effective
Amid a high murder rate, a spate of horrifying mass shootings, and calls for gun control, conservatives often suggest better enforcement of the gun laws we already have. Such efforts would not lower America’s homicide rate (nearly 7 per 100,000 in 2021) to Japan’s (about 0.25), but they could reduce our rate of violence considerably.
At every stage of the law-enforcement process, from gun-store inspections to the prosecution of those caught misusing firearms, there are opportunities for improvement. And such efforts could be fertile grounds for bipartisan compromise, as they would involve a mix of gun control — including support for some lower-profile efforts by the Biden administration — and criminal control.
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Robert VerBruggen is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow him on Twitter here.
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