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P R E S I D E N T ' S
by

C O L U M N

James W. Porter ii, President

Registered Firearms Today;
Confiscated Firearms Tomorrow

T

he long, sordid history of "gun control" tells us that losses of our rights have
come a step at a time, always with assurances-lies-from the gun-ban crowd
that law-abiding gun owners have nothing more to fear.
Today, in long-ago free states like New York, Connecticut, Maryland and California,
peaceable citizens are in grave danger of being transformed into criminals for failing to
waive the exercise of their right to keep and bear arms.
Take Connecticut. On the tide of horror and grief over the cold-blooded murders of
schoolchildren and teachers in Newtown by a deranged killer in December 2012, the
legislature trashed rules to enact a confiscatory ban on a long list of firearms deemed
"assault weapons" and on magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
Under a "grandfather clause," citizens who could prove they owned such items of
personal property before April 4, 2013, when the ban became law, were given until
Jan. 1, 2014, to register their firearms and ammunition-feeding devices or face criminal
prosecution and loss of their property. Any banned firearm or magazine obtained after
April 4, 2013, was made contraband and could not be registered, and owners were liable
to face severe punishment.
The day before the deadline, the state warned, "If you get caught with a banned
assault weapon after tomorrow night then you're going to be prosecuted as a felon. ..."
Add unregistered "high-cap" magazines to that threat.
In Connecticut, formerly law-abiding, but still-peaceable gun owners have little trust
in promises that registering their "grandfathered" personal property would be the end of
demands on their liberty.
We hear a lot nowadays about redistribution of wealth. But in those corners of the
nation-like Connecticut-where our Second Amendment liberty is in gravest danger,
the gun-ban crowd is forcing "redistribution of guilt" on good and decent citizens who
have done no wrong.
For those who believe that confiscation of their registered property is the next and final
step, free Americans can look to Australia and Great Britain where virtually all of those
nations' duly licensed gun owners were disarmed of registered firearms to pay the price
for the acts of lone madmen. Registration led to confiscation. Period. It always will.
But Americans don't have to look far to see tyranny.
While honest Connecticut citizens stood in long registration lines, licensed owners of
registered long guns in New York City were receiving letters that began:
"It appears you are in possession of a Rifle and/or shotgun [listed below] that has an
ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than [five] rounds of ammunition.
Rifles and Shotguns capable of holding more than five [5] rounds of ammunition are
unlawful to possess. ...
"Immediately surrender your rifle and/or shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify
this office of the invoice number. ...
"
In addition to forfeiting their property to police for destruction, licensed New
York City gun owners were offered two other choices: permanently remove their
guns to a location outside the city with proof or have their guns permanently altered
by a city-approved gunsmith.
None of these registered firearms-all previously acceptable to New York City as

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NRA OFFICERS

PRESIDENT
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS
Christopher W. Cox EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION
James W. Porter II
Allan D. Cors
Pete R. Brownell
Wayne LaPierre
Edward J. Land Jr.
Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
R. Kyle Weaver

"sporting," including many .22s-nor their
licensed owners ever had anything to do
with violent crime.
In 1968, the u.s. Supreme Court-in
Haynes v. u.s.-declared that convicted
felons can neither be forced to register
their guns nor be prosecuted for failing
to register, because to do so would violate
their Fifth Amendment rights against
self-incrimination.
Registration is only about you and me.
Consider this from a Dec. 28, 2013,
New York Times editorial headlined
"When the Mentally Ill Own Guns:"
"The common denominator in gun
violence, however, is not deranged
individuals; it is the easy access to assault
rifles and other high-powered weapons
afforded all Americans. (emphasis added)
"
"... afforded all Americans?" That's our
freedom. That says it all. But the editorial
goes on, "A few determined states are
attempting to deal with this issue, but real
solutions must involve federal legislation
and national standards. ..."
That gets us to President Obama and
"universal background checks," which
amounts to gun owner registration.
Remember Obama snidely saying,
"I am not going to take your guns away."
Immediately after the Connecticut
legislature acted, Obama telegraphed his
real agenda saying, "Connecticut has
shown the way and now is the time for
Congress to do the same."
nra, through court action, is doing all in
our power to bring down the tyrannical laws
in venues like New York and Connecticut.
But to cancel out President Obama's
threat to spread a confiscatory ban, it is
especially important to elect a pro-Second
Amendment majority in the u.s. Senate and
u.s. House of Representatives.



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