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d.c.'s gun registration system still
haunts residents to this day. In January
2014, gun owners who had registered
their firearms in 1976 were given 60 days
to show up at police headquarters, pay a
fee, be photographed, get fingerprinted
and reregister their guns yet again-or
face a criminal conviction that carries a
maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a
year in prison. Worse, the only "notice"
d.c. gun owners received of this new,
intrusive mandate came in the form of an
advertisement that appeared in a single
day's print edition of a local newspaper.
Miss the ad, face jail time!
In just the past two years, law-abiding
gun owners in New York and Connecticut
were also forced to line up and register
their semi-automatic firearms to qualify
for "grandfathering" under newly
enacted bans. What's next? How long will
it be before government officials demand
that gun owners receive notices to sell,
disable or surrender their firearms just
because gun-ban politicians say it makes
"common sense?"
Already in New York City, licensed
(i.e., registered) handgun owners have

been harassed by dragnet-style demands
to demonstrate compliance with the
magazine capacity limitations under
New York law. New York's misnamed
"safe Act" made the situation
even worse by declaring previously
"grandfathered" magazines illegal.
Anyone with a licensed handgun that
could accept a "large capacity" magazine
was automatically deemed suspect by
the government, and faced possible
license revocation.
To top it all off, how is it "common
sense" to establish a gun registration
system in America that would apply only
to law-abiding citizens, not criminals?
That question has been starkly answered
by the u.s. Supreme Court.
In 1968, the Court reached a
landmark decision in the case of
Haynes v. United States. Miles Edward
Haynes decided to fight his arrest for
possession of an unregistered, barrelshortened shotgun. His argument was
brief: Because registering the firearm
would force Haynes to admit to having
unlawfully possessed the shotgun
before it was registered, Haynes

argued that registration laws violated
his Fifth Amendment protection against
self-incrimination. The Supreme Court
agreed, and in an 8-1 decision ruled
that individuals with a legitimate claim
of self-incrimination are immune from
registering their illegally possessed
firearms with the government.
The upshot of this case is that
registration requirements can only be
enforced against the law-abiding, the
same people who own firearms to protect
themselves against violent criminals.
Obama, Bloomberg and nearly every
politician and gun-ban zealot pushing
for a universal background check system
are on record supporting mandatory
gun registration, outright bans and
even confiscation. To them, "universal
background checks" are just the first step
in their long march to destroying our
Second Amendment-protected rights.


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