Every “gun control” law achieves one or more of these purposes. The “gun control” agenda wins with each new so-called reasonable restriction. When cost, inconvenience, embarrassment or potential liability increase, then fewer people take an interest in firearms. Those who already have firearms are discouraged from keeping or using them.
When the federal government “must act to control firearms,” the public starts thinking that there must be something “wrong” with firearms and private firearms users. More laws force gun dealers and owners to struggle to avoid warrantless inspections, potential criminal charges, and civil lawsuits. For the average citizen, buying, selling, owning and using a gun become expensive, embarrassing and legally risky activities — and not worth the trouble.