Sounds like you lean toward being a Federalist. Me too, actually. My driver's license, my marriage license are recognized in all 50. No-one ever worries about driving across state lines. I think most of us think of ourselves as Americans first, not as New Yorkers.
But is also true that for centuries there have been "weapons laws" regulating who could be armed and where. In Middle Age Europe, sword length was regulated. If you sword was too long, the local sheriff would cut off the required amount. The military salute is a vestige of showing you were unarmed. In the American Old West, many towns required you to check your weapon with the sheriff. Machine guns are heavily regulated. s
I guess I'm just asking for an organized approach based on facts, not a scatter shot approach. The Feds have an opportunity right now. Don't screw it up.