Restrictions on gun ownership can be enforced by screening applicants more closely when they buy guns. States have DMV offices, and maybe they need gun license and permit offices. These offices would have the access to give an unbiased yes or no to whether a person could have a gun or not.
It is possible to enforce restrictions on gun ownership, for example background checks are simple to do. While a background check might not always prevent a disturbed person from getting a gun to inflict harm on innocents, at least it's a step in the right direction and some background checks will reveal behavior that would preclude a person from buying a gun. Also, waiting periods between a person buys a gun and that person receives the gun are easy to enforce. If a hot-headed person wants to buy a gun to go shoot somebody in anger, a few weeks cooling-off period can't hurt and might prevent a crime.
The United States already prevents certain individuals from owning or possessing guns, such as prior felons. Though these individuals are frequently charge with possession of weapons, the laws do have a deterrent effect on gun possession for others. Similar restrictions could be effective as well, and still withstand constitutional scrutiny.
Gun laws are enforceable if there is more investment in enforcement. The problem is whether the government has more money to even spend on enforcement. Any rule is enforceable, but there have to be people out there enforcing the rules. In the case of this discussion, gun shop owners and police need to enforce the rules. The owners need to be in compliance and there need to be enforcement of those regulations on the owners. Likewise, law enforcement also needs to be able to enforce. Thus, the laws are enforceable. It is just a matter of whether we realistically have the resources to enforce them.
They can be enforced better than they are today. Of course, there will be those who slip through the cracks. But, as laws are seriously enforced citizens will acquire more respect for these laws. And, citizens who support the law are always helpful in enforcing it. Eventually, there will be a serious reduction in guns out there.
Here is what is needed:
1) Clearly define what is being restricted. Terms such as "assault weapons" are meaningless.
2) Either create a federal gun registry or require each state to create one. (Currently this is against the law.)
3) Require every gun owner to register every gun they presently own.
4) Require all gun transfers be processed through the registry.
Steps 2-4 would simply create a gun registry system similar to the automobile registry every state already has.
5) Prosecute any violation of the above to include possession of unmarked firearms.
Restrictions on public use of guns and ownership of specific types of guns can be enforced. Stopping people, outright, from owning a specific gun may be impossible, but restricting the ways they can acquire the weapon is possible. This, in effect, restricts ownership to the majority of people who may not be willing to go through illegal channels.
Currently, there are sufficient laws on the books to allow the enforcement of restrictions on gun ownership. A felon, for example, cannot legally purchase a gun. An underage individual cannot legally purchase a gun. Reputable gun dealers perform background checks to ensure these restrictions are enforced.
Requiring people to register their guns and allowing only certain kind of guns seems like a good way to restrict gun ownership. However, many guns still remain unregistered and these restrictions seem hard to apply. Perhaps new restrictions should be implemented, by increasing the number of searches of gun owners' homes to make sure they still have the registered weapons.
While strict enforcement of gun restrictions may constitute an invasion of the privacy of individuals, any enforcement, at all, sets an example. News of such action sets up standards that can counter years of gun-romanticizing culture.
Over the last couple of years, there have been at least a half dozen high profile mass murders by perpetrators who subsequently were discovered to have mental illnesses. Tucson and Virginia Tech come to mind. The law is very specific about denying gun ownership to these people, yet time and again, the background check is either not completed or failed to reveal their illnesses. Therefore, we MUST strictly enforce the restrictions that are already the law.
History has the biggest role in this case. The 2nd amendment will always be there and they are not going to change anything about it. It is Americans right to own guns, always will be and always has been. Assault weapons and other fully automatic weapons may be banned but normal more humane weapons will be legal.
If we ban guns only the bad people will have them and will keep getting them. We can't ban guns without putting everyone else at risk. You can't stop the bad guys from getting guns because they already get them illegally. It's the people, not the guns. We need to put limitations on certain people, maybe with schizophrenia or other mental diseases.
Guns are readily available, not only from gun stores, but they can be bought from gun owners as well. They can be traded, bought and sold in both legal and illegal markets. With the number of guns currently owned outside of government control, there is always the ability for anyone with enough money and the willingness to go through it, to obtain the gun of their choice.
If a weapon is concealed you just cannot see it. If you cannot see it you would have to have people manually checking to see if someone is carrying a gun. Another option would be to install metal detectors. However, all of this gets to be very costly. Our country just does not have the money to do this type of verification.
I do not believe that laws restricting gun ownership will do any good. Law-abiding citizens would probably obey the laws, but those who really want guns will have ways to get them. There will always be people who have guns for sale illegally, and criminals are often aware of where to go to get a gun. This is a problem that is out of control, and I do not believe that there is a law or restriction that will stop it.
Trying to enforce greater gun restrictions in the USA would be highly unlikely and impossible because so many people own guns already that it would be madness to try and either make everyone turn in their guns or have them do something to let the government know that they own guns in the first place. People in America think that guns are their right to own and if you try to take them away or put more rules on them, there will just be a huge backlash.
How does one ultimately control the individual's gun activity? If you try to pass laws that ban certain guns in certain areas, all an individual has to do is travel to another state. Gun's are very important to millions of Americans, and they will go to any measure to get their hands on the one they want. Many people believe having a gun is a god-given right and in accord with the vision of our founders. Some believe all men should be armed in a free society. It is impossible for the government to enforce gun laws because our history goes against it.
There will never be a way for the law to control what is on the black market. People who want weapons will always find ways of obtaining them. You can look at illegal drugs as an example. Certain substances may be illegal, but they are still abundantly available. Guns would be the same way.
Let's face it- if someone wants a gun bad enough, they will find a way to acquire one. Chances are, someone in their immediate family or friends will own one. If not, they could always steal one or pay someone to buy one for them. I think it is extremely hard to enforce gun ownership restrictions.