If someone wants to use a gun for a bad purpose (robbery, murder), they'll carry it on them no matter what. Â They aren't going to let some law stop them. Â The only people that will use the law are those who want guns for self-defense (though I believe introducing a second weapon into a bad confrontation only makes it worse, if you are going to carry a weapon you need to strike first).
This is the complete problem with many of the gun control laws that continue to be put into effect. They only end up hurting the people who buy guns legally and who are more than likely going to be using them and storing them responsibly. If you are going to get a gun for any sort of illegal type behavior, you are more than likely going to get that gun from an illegal source (i.e. the black market). Meanwhile, people like my uncle, who likes shooting as a hobby and sport, has to go through miles of red tape to buy a simple .357 handgun. What would happen if they banned all guns tomorrow? Those people who had their guns registered (People who bought them legally) would have to turn them in or risk punishment. Those people who bought them illegally (e.g. buying a hot gun out of an illegal dealer's trunk) whould still have theirs. Thus, there would still be crimes commited with guns, and there would be no fear in the criminals that other people would have guns So, do I believe that everyone should be packing? No, I know quite a few people who don't have enough responsibility to do that. I believe in prosecuting crimes commited with a gun harsher. By making a more strict sentence for crimes commited with a gun versus those commited with another weapon would possibly lower gun crime. Those crimes probably would still occur, but with a knife, hammer, baseball bat, or other weapon being used. In my county people have to go to a training class and pass a test to be able to carry a concealed weapon. I think this is ok. If you take the time and effort to go to the class and pass it, you should be able to carry if you want.