J.D. Tuccille on How Defiance Makes Gun Control Unenforceable

J.D. Tuccille, Managing Editor of 24/7 News, says he doubts he ever would have gone to the black market to purchase an illegal assault weapon if it wasn’t for New York’s annoyingly restrictive gun control laws. Like millions of people around the world, when faced with barriers to the lawful access of a firearm, he acquired one unlawfully rather than acquiesce. Historically, given a choice between complying with restrictions on firearms ownership and defying the law, a clear majority of people in most jurisdictions have chosen rebellion. The tighter the law, the more obvious the rebellion, to the point that the vast majority of firearms in civilian hands in Europe are owned outside the law.


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