Originally Posted by HonestChieffan
Sounds like you are pretty smart! There are a lot of NRA members who feel as you do.
The problem is that I think there are a lot of gun owners who would have absolutely no issue with safety related regulations. The problem is the gun control leadership is infested not with people that care about making shooting sports safer, but those who want to see all firearms banned. Because they can't legally ban them entirely they seek to regulate them to death so that no one can practically use them or make the regulations so painful that people are afraid to buy them for fear a cop may decide their gun is illegal and arrest them.
Case in put California instituted a 'safe handgun' list and set of requirements that a handgun were to pass before it can be sold. The moral justification was to get the Saturday night specials(i.e super cheap guns) off the street that were blowing up when people shoot them. Sounds like a perfectly reasonable regulation right?
Except that when put through the 'safe' handgun test most of those very cheap guns passed with flying colors. Instead they've tweaked the regulations of the 'safe' handgun list to add features that have little real world impact in making guns safer. But those required features are uncommonly implemented in firearms. Which means to sell in CA they would have to make a special model and get it tested. This puts additional hurdles up to buying handguns without measurably increasing safety.
Additionally provided that a gun passed the safe handgun test it can remain on the roster as long as the maker pays a yearly fee. Even if the regulations have changed where it wouldn't pass on its own. But if there is any change to the firearm then it has to be retested. Even if that change is only a color change(because clearly the color of a firearm impacts its safety!)
In short while it sounded like it would be a 'reasonable' regulation to the masses, what it's actually be used to do is make it harder for anyone to buy a handgun in CA. Ultimately that was the intent of the authors, they couldn't bad the handguns so instead pass regulations under the illusion of 'safety' that are designed to restrict the number of guns sold in CA.(note LEOs are not subject to the regulations for 'safe' handguns, if it was really about safety then shouldn't they have been???)