America's First Freedom - March 2015 - 8

S T A N D I N G

G U A R D

by Wayne L aPierre,
Executive Vice President

Don't Buy Their Lies: "Universal
Background Checks" Mean Gun
Registration, Gun Bans And Confiscation

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nly in the Orwellian world of doublespeak employed by President Barack
Obama and billionaire elitist Michael Bloomberg would nonsense be hailed as
"common sense."
Take gun registration masquerading as "universal background checks"-their latest
mantra that mandates the recording of data on lawful gun transfers. This scheme
focuses only on peaceable citizens, not violent criminals who are already prohibited
under federal and state laws from even touching, much less purchasing, any firearm.
Facts tell us that criminalizing private transfers of firearms among family members
and friends under a universal background check system would do nothing to prevent
"gun violence," and importantly, would not have prevented the profound tragedies that
gun-banners use to promote such a system. Perpetrators of those acts either successfully
passed background checks to get the guns, or they stole the guns.
What's more, gun transfers universally requiring approval by the government cannot
be enforced without mandatory gun registration, as Obama's Justice Department has
already admitted. At some point, the government has to argue, "Without registration, we
won't know who had the gun in the first place." Whether the initial proposal includes a
government registry of firearm transfers or firearm owners, that's the end game.
All around the world, registration has led to confiscation: Australia, Canada,
Bermuda, Cuba, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland. The list goes on.
The pattern is the same no matter which country or what era. The excuses vary,
but always include "keeping civil order" or "preventing crime." Whenever the creation
of a national, computerized database of
gun owners is proposed, the advocates
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On Feb. 16, 1995, gun owners listened
to Canadian Justice Minister Allan
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them, "There is no reason to confiscate
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legally owned firearms." Less than a year
later, Parliament passed the Canadian
Firearms Act that resulted in hundreds of
thousands of legally owned and registered
handguns being reclassified as illegal
contraband. Some gun owners could
battle the bureaucracy to hold onto their
guns, but in reality, the majority faced

three options: sell their guns back to
government-approved dealers; render
them inoperable; or surrender them to
the government.
In 1996, Australia's gun registration
and licensing system escalated into a
massive government-mandated firearm
confiscation program that saw more than
600,000 once lawfully owned firearms
rounded up under a mandatory "buyback"
program and destroyed.
Around the world and throughout
history, gun registration schemes have
one thing in common: Registration
virtually always precedes mandatory
and compulsory gun surrender or
confiscation. Yet too many Americans
say, "It can't happen here" or "You don't
have anything to worry about." But it
can happen here. It has happened here.
And it is happening here.
In 1967, New York City required
rifle owners to register their guns with
the promise that registration lists would
not be used to confiscate the firearms of
law-abiding citizens. But in 1991, Mayor
David Dinkins pushed a bill through
the city council banning the possession
of many semi-automatic rifles, claiming
they were "assault weapons." Tens of
thousands of law-abiding gun owners who
had registered their guns since 1967 were
stripped of their right to own them.
In 1976, the District of Columbia
enacted one of the nation's strictest
handgun registration and gun-ban laws.
All handguns currently owned had to be
reregistered, and no more handguns could
be legally acquired by anyone. When the
law was enacted, politicians promised
that gun registration lists would not be
used to confiscate handguns from legal
owners, but even an inadvertent failure to
reregister could put a gun owner crosswise
with the law.
In 1977, after d.c.'s Superior Court
upheld the handgun ban, the Washington
Star headlined the decision, writing "Gun
Law Upheld, But No Searches, Yet" of the
homes of residents who failed to reregister
their guns. Indeed, police counsel Vernon
Gill warned d.c. residents that the only
thing preventing door-to-door, houseto-house searches was "administrative
problems [to be] worked out."

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