Gun control may not be enough to stop every senseless killing in this country, but a ban on assault weapons is immediate and it’s free…
What about the tens of millions of existing “assault weapons” in private hands? There are only three options that I can see with perhaps some minor variations:
- They are grandfathered and will exist for decades and hence any effect is not immediate.
- Taxpayers will be required to purchase them from the existing owners. This will cost billions even if the existing owners cooperated. And that is a very big if.
- Confiscation without compensation is unconstitutional in more than one way. And the cost… well, just let’s say the costs will be incalculable.