SiubhanDuinne in a comment in the last thread wanted an open thread. So here it is. And in case she’s not checking the comments back in the previous thread, my answer to the question she posed in her FB post is:
Your idea will not happen. Not because its not a good idea, but because the gun manufacturers have been punished for previous baby steps. Bill Ruger, the eponymous head of Ruger firearms, made some overtures about banning high capacity magazines. Twelve years after his death and there are commenters all over the firearms websites that won’t buy a Ruger- one of the few companies where all of their guns are made in the US – because of this betrayal.
Smith and Wesson leadership was briefly aligned with the Clinton Administration on gun control and safety measures. The backlash almost put them out of business. They had badly misread what the response would be. Those in support of the Clinton Administration’s efforts and Smith and Wesson’s willingness to go along don’t buy guns. Those that do almost drove the company into bankruptcy by boycotting their products. To this day, the integral lock built into some Smith and Wesson revolvers is referred to as a “Hillary Hole”!
No one is going to risk their business. They know they’ll be punished. You might be able to get the head of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is the actual trade group, to agree to a meeting, but even then I’m not sure NSSF would take the chance either.