I have to respond to this concept because I hear it over and over from people who clearly have no idea what they are suggesting nor what already exists.
Let's start with what's already in place in NJ. To purchase a firearm in this state, you must first obtain a Firearms ID card from your local PD. There is a process involving an application, fingerprinting, and background checks by local, state, and federal law enforcement. In general it takes several weeks to several months to get your first time FID. So let's drop that nonsense, there's already a "license" as far as I'm concerned and it takes a heck of a lot of work to obtain it. There is currently no training requirement, but we'll come back to that. And what does the FID get you? The opportunity to purchase and possess firearms, but with limitations! You can't carry concealed and you can only transport your firearms to and from the range without deviation. So to compare, that's like saying it takes 6 months, 3 background checks, an instant check at time of purchase, fees, and fingerprinting just to BUY a car. And then you can only drive to and from work! Does that sound like a reasonable license to you? Would it make sense to say you can buy any car you want, but you have to keep it locked in your garage and it can only be transported to a designated driving course? We're not just talking about race cars either, that includes your Prius and SmartCars!
Let's take the cars analogy all the way. Every car in the country has a muffler. It cuts down on unnecessary noise pollution. Too much noise damages your hearing, so it's a safety issue. Right? Good. Sound suppressors can go on every firearm for the same reason. No more NFA transfers, no more $200 tax stamp for suppressors. It only makes sense.
The FBI reports that in the US there are approximately 80-100 million existing firearms owners and 7 million new firearms owners in the last year. That's 7 million people who never owned a firearm before and now are learning the ropes. If you are one of them, I strongly encourage you to get properly educated by a professional instructor in the safe storage and use of your firearm.
So let's cut the nonsense. I know guns and cars aren't the same. I know the issues aren't the same. But I believe that there is truly one solution: Education!