Someone recently asked me what was so bad about firearm and magazine registration. I can understand the question and how registration might seem benign to the average individual. We register cars, boats, houses, etc. with the state and local governments, so why not firearms? First off cars, boats, and houses are not mentioned as part of the Constitution. Many don’t buy that reasoning, but they should. If something is part of the Bill of Rights and is explicitly stated that right shall not be infringed then registration is unconstitutional. Let’s quote that for reference, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The next question to ask if you still believe registration is benign is what good is it to register non-serialized items such as magazines or ammunition. So what if I have a single 30 round magazine for my AR or if I have 100. I suppose someone could take that record and then start doing background checks including phone taps on anyone who has enough magazines to be suspicious. How many magazines is suspicious? To a layperson more than one or two might look suspect, but suppose a citizen is planning to take a rifle course and the instructor doesn’t want to waste range time waiting on them to reload. The course of fire depending upon the length of the course could be from 200 to 500 rounds. So they may need seven to 15 magazines just to participate in the course. Assuming somewhere a high-capacity magazine is one arbitrarily holding more than 10 rounds, what about the magazine which comes with a firearm which holds 12 rounds? Do we need to register it as well? I’m not sure why antis believe more rounds in a magazine have anything to do with the average citizen becoming a psychotic killer. I’m guessing the thought process is let’s regulate everyone and we’ll stop the psycho. The problem with that reasoning is psychos by definition are not following the law. If you take away guns and magazines they’ll use something else, look at recent events in China where 33 were killed and 143 wounded with knives at a train station.
I’m not one for laws and rules which are useless and have no point. So the registration is solely to know where the guns are located, there can be no other reason right? Nope, the registration is to know where they are so they can eventually be confiscated. I know, I know, you’re saying I have the tinfoil on a little tight today, but why else? Are they so the police can track down someone after the fact? Your average police department is in place to deter crime and to arrest criminals AFTER they commit the crime. Since owning magazines and firearms is not a crime and the information could be gathered after a crime, then the logical explanation is the registration is in place to eventually take something away from law-abiding citizens. It has not happened yet and I certainly do not envy the average police officer when they are eventually ordered to enter a premise to remove firearms, but it will. Germany did not allow Jews to own firearms in 1938. I’m not suggesting a modern-day Holocaust, but in reality if firearms were taken away how would you stop it or any organized gang of criminals from doing as they pleased?
This is getting a little verbose today, but my message is we need to be careful before enacting legislation who’s only mission is to classify a group of law-abiding citizens as future criminals or to infringe upon rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment. Even down here in North Carolina I can hear chants from Connecticut of Molon Labe. Connecticut has created a slippery slope turning law-abiding citizens into felons with a stroke of a pen. Unless something changes, this won’t end well.