Saturday, June 27, 2015

Why is gun registration a bad idea?

Gun and/or gun owner registration is bad for a free society. In this article I will discuss briefly a bit of the ancient history of weapons prohibition. I will look at the 20th century's horrors of gun registration, confiscation, and subsequent genocides.

I am not predicting that registration in the United States will lead to genocide. But, registration and confiscation have already occurred in California and New York. Additionally, remember our government -

  1. Removed 17,000 Cherokee and other tribes from the Southeast to Oklahoma
  2. Under Gen. Sherman, instituted a Scorched Earth Policy from Atlanta to Savannah
  3. Imprisoned 127,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during WW II.
Ancient History
Weapons control is noted in the Bible, in 1 Samuel 13:
19 There were no blacksmiths in the land of Israel in those days. The Philistines wouldn’t allow them for fear they would make swords and spears for the Hebrews. 20 So whenever the Israelites needed to sharpen their plowshares, picks, axes, or sickles, they had to take them to a Philistine blacksmith. (NLT)
Recent History
The 20 century stands out in many ways in the history of the world, but the infamy of that century is the number of people killed by despotic governments. From the Armenian genocide in Turkey, to the Weimar Republic's gun registration, and subsequent confiscation by Hitler's Nazi government; and don't forget Chairman Mao's purge and Pol Pot's killing fields.

Stephen Holbrook's Gun Control in the Third Reich provides well researched documentation of the firearms confiscation by Nazi Germany.

New Purchases
Like it or not, whenever a new firearm is purchased through a licensed dealer, it is registered. The ATF Form 4473 is a record kept at the dealer's premises, and the Brady instant check requires that personal information be submitted by phone or electronically to the government for a criminal background check. That information is supposed to be dumped after the transaction is completed, but the FBI website says, 
Please be advised that calls may be monitored and recorded for any authorized purpose.
So, there is, at the very least a paper registration at your dealer's brick and mortar store, and a good chance of an electronic record to boot.

Other Transfers
Once a firearm leaves a dealer, its subsequent transfer is not regulated by Federal law (except for straw purchases, which will land you in the hoosegow). In general, trades, sales, and gifts, etc., are legal within most states. So, If Bob and Bill meet at the range, and Bill likes Bob's Remington R51, Bob can sell or give it to Bill with no paperwork. 

Some states(e.g. Colorado, Washington), however, have recently instituted a universal transfer registration scheme. It appears that if Bob wanted to let Bill shoot that R51, they would first need to go to a dealer, complete paperwork to transfer it to Bill, then go back to the range with the gun in Bill's possession. After Bill gets through shooting it, they return to the dealer for another paper transfer, then back to the range. I am not making this up.

The Bloomberg machine is trying to roll this type scheme to the states since they have been mostly unsuccessful at the federal level.

Ideally, according to those statist elitists, each transfer, including spouse to spouse, or inheritance, would require new registration with a governmental agency. Albany, New York has already gone beyond that point, with handgun confiscation from family members of folks who have recently died.

The purported upside for these registration schemes is crime control. Yet there has been very little evidence of this since passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act. Analysis has shown that most of the FBI denials were later approved, so the keeping guns out of the hands of criminals mantra does not fly well with me. Like a lead balloon.

The downside includes taking of personal property without due process, violation of privacy with no benefit to the individual or society, and, at the extreme, the total removal of St. George Tucker's Palladium of Liberty.

Action Item
When universal transfer registration schemes are proposed in your state, there must be a hue and cry against them. Don't be left with Alfred Flatow's only choice:
Lower your head and shuffle to the train.


  1. Re: “When universal transfer registration schemes are proposed in your state, there must be a hue and cry against them”

    One way to do this is to point out to the growing demographic of unmarried people (i.e. voters) who are living together as domestic partners or as roommates is that in many cases there are no exceptions for transfers among your partner or roommates. Depending on how the law is written, you may be in violation unless you take your firearms and magazines with you wherever you go which effectively deprives you of your right to own a firearm.

  2. The second amendment is not the right to shoot at deer, it is the right to shoot at government if it is taken over by tyrants.
    Judge Andrew Napolitano

    editors note: Tyrants such as obama, feinstein, clinton et al.

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