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.
We tried to ban alcohol - and history has judged that to be mad... And will judge the ban on other drugs that way. If nothing else, guns can and will come in with the 'illegal' drugs - the nanny and big brother types notwithstanding. If you want to deal with gun crime - then increase the prison time for using guns and ammo in a crime. That would work - without a risk of civil war. Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
How did that work? Physically and economically impossible to enforce laws that would eliminate firearms. You can not afford the cost of enforcement. How many new prisons would have to be built, staffed and maintained. At most you might remove a few guns from law abiding citizens but no effect on criminals or their activity. It is a fools errand.
People will find ways to get guns illegally kind of like the prohibition era a and some people will even go out of their way to break the law to laugh in the face of law enforcement. Look at prohibition, law enforcement could not stop the trade of alcohol, in fact some of them even broke the law. People look at the facts there is no way we could enforce it!
No, it is not possible to enforce restrictions on gun ownership, because restrictions on gun ownership only protect those who follow the laws in the first place. Those who follow the laws do not need rules on guns. Those who are insistent in not following the laws will find a way not to, and will still get their guns no matter what the laws are.
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.