Haven't you noticed my flag? I'm Dutch. I know that the U.S. are very open to guns, except for a couple of states. California, New York, etc. But you guys have a Second Amendment, we don't. You guys have the NRA to protect gun ownership, we don't. We are basically on our own. Well, we do have the KNSA (Koninklijke Nederlandse Schietsport Associatie, translated: Royal Dutch Shooting sports Association) but they really aren't that effective. Especially because they don't have enough members.
I noticed your flag, but I don't always believe them... regardless, you are arguing against American gun control so it's a bit confusing. Let me educate you on American issues; It's super easy to get a gun here, we require only background checks for handguns and none of the security measures you describe, so our situation is waaaaaaay different than the Dutch one. I would LOVE it if we had the protections you speak of, but our politicians don't have the backbone to even require full background checks after the slayings at Sandy Hook (if you don't know, that's when a gunman killed a bunch of god damned 1st graders).
Well, we are one big community. We support each other. That's why I'm ranting about American gun control. Let me describe you the Dutch laws in a nutshell:
- You can buy your first firearm when you're 18 years old. But you're only allowed to buy one if you have been a KNSA member for over a year. You can also only buy .22LR firearms your first time.
- You can't buy all the guns you want. Your gun license has several ''stages''. You start at .22LR. Want something bigger? Then you have to pay more money! Want something even bigger? Make the cash flow! Also, your license isn't valid forever. So you have to re-buy your license a couple of times.
- When you own a gun, you have to buy a safe that can be bolted to the wall and floor. You also need a surveilance camera, so the cops know you're not doing anything stupid. Basically, the area around your gun safe get's turned into a damn Big Brother show.
- The police can inspect your home and safe whenever they feel like it. If they find something they don't like, you lose all your guns. And trust me, they find things they don't like VERY fast.
- Your ammo and guns have to be stored in different rooms. Your ammo also has to be stored in a safe, which has to be bolted to the floor or wall.
- You can't own any handgun that is chambered for a caliber higher than .44. Why? No one knows! I even asked the cops when they were inspecting a friend's safe. They didn't even know.
- You can't own more than 5 firearms in total. If you're a collector, you are basically screwed.
Just some rules. I could write an entire book about this subject. I'd love to get rid of some of these rules, but that won't happen.