Here’s an antidote to the overabundance of armchair speculations on gun control all over Facebook. The two-day summit on gun violence organized by Johns Hopkins University concluded yesterday, and with a long list of recommendations from their panel of experts to show for it. Here they are:
-Requiring a background check for every single gun purchase;
-Restricting those convicted of violent misdemeanors and certain other offenses from buying guns for at least 10 years;
-Reinstating an assault weapons ban, but with no loopholes this time;
-Banning gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets;
-Prohibiting the sale of guns to anyone younger than 21;
-Mandating that all gun sales be facilitated by a licensed gun dealer;
-Restricting convicted gang members, drug dealers, and those determined to be dangerously mentally ill from ever buying guns;
-Increasing the power of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to go after gun dealers who are in violation of the law;
-Increasing funds to various national organizations to research gun violence;
-Adding the “delivery of regular reports on gun violence” to the Surgeon General’s job description.
For more on the summit, read the article in the Baltimore Sun.