Anti-choice laws for gun buyers

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By Karen Topakian

In the wake of the Newtown, CT shootings, many people and politicians are calling for serious gun control laws.  I suggest that we look to abortion laws for guidance on possible gun control laws. Here are a few to consider:

1. Require a gun seeker to wait a specified period of time usually 24 hours between receiving counseling and the actual purchase.

2. Mandatory counseling before purchasing a gun including information on at least one of the following purported links between gun ownership and death to a family member, friend or unknown person, negative psychological effect from the loss of life associated with use of the firearm.

3. Parental involvement in a minor’s decision to purchase a gun. Require one or both parents to consent to the purchase. Notify one or both parents of the intended purchase.

4. Gun purchases must be made through a licensed gun dealer

5. Gun purchases must be made in a licensed gun business

6. A second gun dealer must be present

7. Gun purchases are prohibited except in cases of life or health endangerment

8. No public funding may be involved in the purchasing of a gun

9. Gun dealers may refuse to sell a gun to an individual or an institution.

10. Gun dealers may refuse to sell a gun for religious reasons.

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