PRACTICAL MEASURES THAT WOULD REDUCE GUN DEATHS

We could take meaningful steps to reduce gun violence. Here are some of them. For more background read my columns, "On Guns, We're Not Even Trying" (http://nyti.ms/1Sy4wzn) and "A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths" (http://nyti.ms/1RlLP1G).
  1. Ban on possession of guns by anyone subject to a domestic violence restraining order.
  2. Ban on possession of guns for 10 years by anyone with a record of an alcohol- or narcotics-related offense.
  3. National ban on possession of handguns by anyone under 21.
  4. Universal background checks for all firearms acquisitions.
  5. Limit of two purchases of guns a month by any person.
  6. Ban on gun purchases by anyone on the terrorism watch list.
  7. U.S. military research into “smart guns” and purchases of them, to give a boost to the smart gun industry.
  8. Crackdown on gun dealers who help straw purchasers and funnel weapons to gangs and criminals