Man excited that Swedish felons aren’t permitted to own guns

Man excited that Swedish felons aren’t permitted to own guns
Responsible Swede trains for gun ownership. (Image via Allehanda.se, Am. Thinker)

[Ed. – What’s awesome is that there was apparently no editorial oversight — or anything else — to prevent this blogger from hurting himself.  Um, American felons aren’t permitted to own guns either.  That doesn’t keep American felons from getting guns — and it doesn’t keep Swedes from getting guns either, whether before or after they officially become felons.  Swedish gun crime has been soaring, for the same reason gun crime has been soaring in Chicago: illegally-possessed guns used in gang crime.  The only difference is that in Sweden, the gangs are entirely made up of immigrants.]

Being in this new setting that was much like and yet so different from Wisconsin got me thinking about hunting in new ways. I began to think more about the responsibilities of gun owners rather than gun owners’ rights. I also learned that it was possible to maintain a lively hunting culture along with mandatory gun registration and required safe storage.

As we face a firearm crisis in America today, it’s time for hunters to stop hiding behind the Second Amendment and claim the moral high ground as our nation’s responsible gun owners. …

Here’s how the Swedish system works: Only responsible people are trusted with firearms. Sweden licenses guns in much the same way we license cars and drivers. You can have up to six guns but can get more with special permission.

To apply for a firearm permit you must first take a year-long hunter training program and pass a written and shooting test. …

In addition to undergoing training, Sweden’s gun owners must store their firearms safely. …

Responsibility in Sweden goes further yet: Convicted of a felony? No guns for you. Beat your wife? No guns. Under a restraining order? No guns. Drive drunk? No guns.

(The gun law does not spell out specific actions that cause a citizen to be “unfit” to have a gun permit. It does say that the police must have a “reasonable cause” to suspend a permit, and these kinds of things might signal that a gun owner is “unfit.”)

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