Which Statement Is True About Which?
A recently concluded survey asked “Which statement is true about fully-automatic firearms?” Answering that the possession of a firearm by law-abiding citizens is necessary, and that any other person who breaks the law is a criminal is not. The survey further stated; “blacks and whites equally feel that owning a firearm is necessary for personal safety, but there are differences in opinion about how much it should be regulated.” In order to understand what was meant by these statements one must be familiar with the meaning of the word “fully-automatic.” These firearms use a combination of features and accessories that are similar to fully-automatic rifles and semiautomatic guns.
Although they use several of the same features, they differ from fully-automatic firearms in that semi-automatic firearms may only fire one shot at a time and must be chambering a cartridge in order to do so. They may also require no further modifications to be legal to possess. Semi-automatics, however, are fully-automatic firearms, as they use a combination of features that allow them to shoot multiple shots in a single trigger pull. Some of these features include an extended slide, a magazine, and a firing pin.
If one were to ask a legal scholar, which statement is true about fully-automatic guns, the most accurate answer would be “it depends.” Legal precedent has found that there are three separate requirements to achieve firearm ownership. First, a law must require that the individual be a citizen of the United States and a valid occupational or business license before any individual can legally own a gun. Second, the firearm must be registered in the owner’s name and must be kept in a secure location.
Second, states also require that licensed firearms dealers maintain a list of firearms in their state. The list must be accessible to anyone who requests it and must include all types and models of firearms. Finally, there is a statutory mandate that all licensed dealers ship handguns to customers on a form approved by the Department of Justice. There is also a statute that requires licensed manufacturers to design and construct accurately named pistol grips on pistols and revolvers.
The last, which statement is true about which is the second sentence in the first paragraph of the second paragraph on page thirteen of the forty-first paragraph of the twentieth Article of the Uniform Code of Professional Responsibility. In this part, the profession is defined as professional responsibility. Professional responsibility requires that persons engaged in the practice have fiduciary responsibilities that tie their actions to those of others. These principles are considered by many as the foundations of ethical behavior. The fourth sentence of the second paragraph on page thirteen clearly states that the mere act of preparing a resume or creating a business proposal does not constitute professional responsibility unless the actions constitute “careless” conduct.
Armed with this information, students may begin to evaluate both statements above. Of course, they need to ask whether or not these were professional responsibilities of each candidate during his or her tenure at the law school. The more pressing question is whether or not they would have behaved in the same manner had they known the answer to question one. That will likely be the primary point of discussion in my next article.