CAN A FIREARM BE SAFE?

Can a firearm be safe?

That is one of the most interesting questions many people have asked. We all have to acknowledge that a firearm is designed to cause great bodily harm rather its intentional or accidental. I guess many people can explain why it can be safe or why it just can’t be in their own words or opinions. Firearms have been around for a very long time now and the purpose for people owning or having one has always been different. Some people purchase a firearm for self-defense purposes, others have them for recreational use, hunting, and collecting. I guess the problem that we all can agree on is that when a person who is out to commit a felony or crime has a firearm and is not afraid to use it. That is when a firearm can be UNSAFE. Let me be the first to say that in the era we live in now it is becoming more and more common to hear these issues. Criminals can get a hold of a firearm as easy as buying a soda at the convenience store. Courts and laws have not found a solution to minimizing these issues. They have tried to ban firearms, they have tried to cease the sale of firearms, and even have tried to have every firearm registered to keep track of them. Well, I honestly think in my opinion that is not the solution.

We asked if a firearm can be safe?

YES, it can! With proper training, care, and maintenance any firearm should be safe. The problem is the person behind the firearm, not the firearm itself. For example, if you place a LOADED firearm on a shelf in plain sight undisturbed, it can remain in that same position for years and decades without causing great bodily harm to anyone. Now if someone unqualified to handle a firearm gets a hold of it, now that is where the issues begin. That person can create a really bad situation especially if his or her intentions are negative. We need to stop putting the blame on an object that was designed to cause great bodily harm. The firearm did not fire on its own, the person behind it caused it to fire. If that person has in their mind to cause damage to another human being, even the strictest gun laws will not stop them because they will use any other weapon to cause and inflict serious injuries to another.

We all have heard many cases where a firearm has claimed the life of innocent persons, especially children. I strongly believe that a lot of this can be prevented if individuals who feel they need a firearm for whatever reason should be properly trained. Carelessness and negligence are probably the most common errors in any accidental and fatal events. We need to educate ourselves on properly handling a firearm to prevent such events. Mental health should be our most concern at this point. Screen individuals thoroughly before issuing a license. If there’s any indication that this person is unfit, then a permit should not be issued, and that person’s name should be inserted into a database throughout the country to decline any purchase of any firearms. So now the question should be, is it the gun that is unsafe or the person? You decide.

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Section 15. Objections by law enforcement agencies.

(a) Any law enforcement agency may submit an objection to a license applicant based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety. The objection shall be made by the chief law enforcement officer of the law enforcement agency, or his or her designee, and must include any information relevant to the objection. If a law enforcement agency submits an objection within 30 days after the entry of an applicant into the database, the Department shall submit the objection and all information related to the application to the Board within 10 days of completing all necessary background checks.
(b) If an applicant has 5 or more arrests for any reason, that have been entered into the Criminal History Records Information (CHRI) System, within the 7 years preceding the date of application for a license, or has 3 or more arrests within the 7 years preceding the date of application for a license for any combination of gang-related offenses, the Department shall object and submit the applicant's arrest record, the application materials, and any additional information submitted by a law enforcement agency to the Board. For purposes of this subsection, "gang-related offense" is an offense described in Section 12-6.4, Section 24-1.8, Section 25-5, Section 33-4, or Section 33G-4, or in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Section 12-6.2, paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 16-30, paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 31-4, or item (iii) of paragraph (1.5) of subsection (i) of Section 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
(c) The referral of an objection under this Section to the Board shall toll the 90-day period for the Department to issue or deny the applicant a license under subsection (e) of Section 10 of this Act, during the period of review and until the Board issues its decision.
(d) If no objection is made by a law enforcement agency or the Department under this Section, the Department shall process the application in accordance with this Act.

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