By Taylor Smith, Marketing —
It’s certainly common knowledge, and common sense, that in order to cut down a tree it is essential to cut down at the stump rather than at the branches. In Maine gun control laws have in a sense been hacking at the branches. It has seemed over the past years that each time a new law is passed another one is required to fill a loophole.
Most recently Question 3 on November 8th’s ballot has raised serious eyebrows. This time not about being too vague, but rather about being too specific. The proposed law would expand a previous provision that allowed firearms to be taken away during intermediary periods between domestic violence arrests and court dates. The problem was these were often avoided by transferring the firearm to a family member, which was at that time not covered in the law. Since the time between the occurrence of a domestic violence case and its final trial is the most dangerous, the idea of the law was to prevent a firearm being available to a dangerous individual simply because they transferred it to a family member to prevent its confiscation.
Controlling Gun Transfers
The proposed law in Question 3 however would be sufficient but would cover areas way beyond necessary. The wording of the proposed law prohibits all transfer of firearms from individuals who purchased it with a background check, to other people. Without exception. This comes at a serious detriment to sportsmen and women who frequently make such transfers in many circumstances for hunting purposes. This would limit these activities entirely. Limiting how guides, target instructors, and hunting parties could behave. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Firearms for All
EyeDetect could cut down to the root of the problem and stop the branch hacking. This technology could be used in a variety of ways that are much simpler than the proposed law. For example, this could be used to vet individuals who purchase firearms. This could be used to process the firearm situation of individuals involved in a domestic violence case to determine if a firearm is involved, or if danger is imposed by its presence. The possibilities are many.