That way the owners can be reasonably assisted in getting started on the road to buying a NEW functioning firearm.
Several decades back I saw a study mentioned by one of the major syndicated columnists concerning firearm accidents. It seemed African-Americans had an accident rate out of all proportion to the number of people involved ~ but not out of proportion to the condition of the firearm involved.
It made sense to help them get new weapons but at the time the politicians weren't interested in that.
Today we all know that we are all better off if we have invisible members of the people's militia wandering about with weapons at the ready to put down mad dog killers and thugs ~ doesn't matter the color.
Lawabiding people should not only have a right to carry weapons at all times they have a right to have safe (to the operator) working firearms!