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The Restricted Firearms License: A Proposal to Preserve Second Amendment Rights and Reduce Gun Violence in the United States

14 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2013 Last revised: 15 May 2013

Egon Cohen

Temple University

Kristina M. Johnson

Enduring Hydro

Date Written: January 9, 2013

Abstract

In response to the growing national conversation about gun violence and gun control, we propose the establishment of a “Restricted Firearms License” (RFL) program, utilizing a background check similar to that instituted by the National Firearms Act, to license the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.

Our proposal examines the logistics of such a licensing program, as well as the efficacy of both the RFL and other alternative policy proposals, such as a renewal of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. We conclude that a licensing program is the only constitutional method for ensuring the effective regulation of all of the handguns and semi-automatics primarily responsible for gun violence in the U.S.

Keywords: Restricted Firearms License, RFL, Assault Weapons Ban, Assault Weapons, AWB, Firearms, Guns, Gun Control, Gun Violence, Gun Policy

JEL Classification: K23, K42, H56

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Egon and Johnson, Kristina M., The Restricted Firearms License: A Proposal to Preserve Second Amendment Rights and Reduce Gun Violence in the United States (January 9, 2013). Yale Law & Policy Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2198562

Egon Cohen (Contact Author)

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Kristina M. Johnson

Enduring Hydro ( email )

5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600
Chevy Chase, MD
United States

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