POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Parts I and II assessed where we've been and where we are now. Part III asks, where do we go from here? Chapters 8 and 9 consider the possibility of further elaborating on the model of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous persons that was established by the 1938 Federal Firearms Act and carried forward by the 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1993 Brady Law. Chapter 8 examines the possibility of extending Brady background checks to gun shows and to the secondary firearms market generally. Chapter 9 analyzes the feasibility of registering firearms and licensing owners, two strategies that would be necessary to bring the secondary market into the Brady regulatory scheme.
The remaining chapters consider other types of gun control. Chapter 10 takes a hard look at prohibition and disarmament. Chapter 11 examines a whole range of gun control proposals, including mandatory trigger locks, smart guns, banning “bad” guns, limiting gun sales to one per month, safe storage laws, and regulating ammunition. Chapter 12 focuses on the crime control potential of heightened enforcement of current gun controls.