Yesterday I went over to the Illinois DOT office and paid for my registration on my 2005 Honda, it was $99 for the year. This registration is tied to my vehicle, and linked to the ownership title (and I paid a fee to transfer ownership when I purchased the car, about $100 as I recall). All automobiles must have an engraved serial number in a couple of places, and linked to the title. These are required for registration, and yearly registration is required for a license plate giving me the privilege to drive on public roadways. In most states, but not in mine, there is an additional requirement and charge to certify yearly that a car is roadworthy and meets other standards like emission of hazardous substances. Those usually cost about another $50 per year (I paid these regularly and had my vehicles checked out yearly in North Carolina, Tennessee, and even Oklahoma). In addition to this, I have to personally be certified to be road worthy, including an actual test of my vision, my knowledge of the laws of the road, and my driving ability in critical circumstances. And, that personal driver’s license costs an additional $75 or so. But, we’re not finished. I’m also required to hold insurance on my vehicles, under penalty of law. I just paid mine, and since I’m an old guy with no speeding tickets or other violations, I pay about $600 per year for insurance for my one car. And, of course, all automobiles produced and marketed in the US must meet rigorous standards for safety—with air bags, seat belts, regulations about glass, fireproofing of upholstery, location and construction of fuel tanks, tire and wheel dimensions and configurations, and required headlights, tail lights, reverse lights, and turn signals (all of which must conform to a specific color and dimension).
This is exactly what gun control should look like. All guns should be tracked from manufacture to sale to transfer to demolition. All owners should be required to register the guns annually, and to pay for the privilege of ownership. All gun owners should be required to carry insurance on their guns, and to maintain a license certifying their own personal worthiness to own a gun. If you get a DUI, you lose your driver’s license…If you get picked up for beating your spouse, you should lose your gun license….and have your guns confiscated. All guns should conform to specified guidelines based on potential legitimate use–particularly to make sure that hunters and shooters in sanctioned events are not penalized. Handguns should be limited to magazines of no more than 6 cartridges, shotguns should be plugged at 5 (which most are, and federal waterfowl guidelines and many states limit it to 3), centerfire rifles of all types should be limited to a 3-shot capacity, while rimfire should be limited to 10 shots with no magazine style loading. And, hunters should also get a discount on licensing. You have a hunting license, check the box and send in the paperwork verifying that you own the weapon (up to 5 long guns and one handgun if permitted for hunting).
The NRA types are opposed to gun registration and tracking because they know that they are the ones who will be or already have been in violent altercations which should disqualify them from gun ownership. They beat their wives, kids, and relatives, and they cause physical altercations in bars and public places. But, they want to have guns. And, they don’t want anyone to know about that little incident with the ex-wife and her new boyfriend.