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Dwight Meredith also makes an interesting proposal in light of the ballistic evidence gathered in the Maryland sniper case. He notes that ballistic evidence has linked the shootings to the same weapon, and points out that a ballistic database would quickly link the weapon with the owner. Such a database doesn't exist, though, because of opposition from lobbying groups, whose opposition influenced Congress to specifically ban the establishment of such a database.
Meredith proposes that the Supreme Court explicitly recognize private gun ownership as a Constitutional right under the Second Amendment. Doing so would aid the gun control debate because it would remove the "slippery slope" argument on both sides. With the right firmly established, gun control legislation couldn't aim toward eventual elimination of private gun ownership. And it'd force opponents to argue against given legislation on its merits, rather than on a theory of where it might lead.
Meredith's proposal makes sense to me. I favor gun control, as I favor reasonable regulation of any potentially deadly force. But I don't advocate the banning of all firearms. (After all, if zombies ever attack I'm going to want a shotgun.) A national ballistics database would serve as an awesome--although not infallible--deterrent to crime, as weapons could be easily linked to owners. If the arguments against such a database are founded on predictions of later confiscation, removing that possibility should enable the creation of what would surely be a vital crimefighting tool. I have little doubt that were such a system in place, the Maryland shooter would be identified by now.