The recent shooting tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has again put the spotlight on gun ownership. How can people who have a handgun, rifle or shotgun show people in their community that they are responsible owners?
Well, responsible people buy only from sellers—even if they are online—who have a Federal Firearms License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. To get this license, applicants must be at least 21 years old; have submitted fingerprints and a photo; and have gone through an electronic background check. They should never have willfully violated the Gun Control Act or its regulations.
Level-headed owners also keep their firearms secure by using a lock box or gun lock so they won’t get into the hands of children, criminals or thieves. A gun safe with a good fire rating will not only keep weapons secure, but also protect them from natural disasters and fires.
Conscientious owners know how to safely take their firearms from one destination to another. Additionally, they keep them in good working order and store the ammunition in a separate place. Likewise, these owners are properly trained in how to use the weapons and what (if any) protective gear needs to be worn.
Licensed owners of gun shops and pawnshops are required to keep detailed records of firearms sales with FFL software or similar. Their record keeping specifies the gun, rifle, or shotgun by the date of the transaction and identifying information about the seller. So important is this paperwork that those who manage it sometimes feel overwhelmed by it. Now, however, there is software that greatly helps in the keeping of firearms records.
It ensures that the clerk or owner does not to forget to answer any of the questions regulations require. The software is kept up-to-date so that its users will be in compliance with even new rules.
With the advent of computers, human error is significantly reduced. Since customers fill out electronic 4473 forms on their smartphone or tablet, problems with deciphering handwriting are eliminated. Then the pending transaction appears in the gun shop’s system. Furthermore, these gun records can be stored in the cloud, making for a great backup for computer records.
At many points in the selling and buying of guns, there’s a place to promote responsible firearms ownership. Keeping records aside, gun shop owners are allowed to deny a sale to anyone their gut says should not own a weapon. Once a weapon is purchased, owners should store it safety and ensure they know how to use it wisely.