American Rifleman - March 2015 - 12

OFFICIAL JOURNAL

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By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

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

O

nly in the Orwellian world of
double-speak 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.

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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 pushing it insist that people
have nothing to fear because politicians
will not abuse the enormous power
inherent in such a database. Then, history
proves, shortly after records of law-abiding
gun owners are compiled, gun bans are
put in place and firearms are confiscated.
On Feb. 16, 1995, gun owners listened
to Canadian Justice Minister Allan Rock's
political siren song assuring them, "There
is no reason to confiscate 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 governmentapproved 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 lawabiding 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 were "administrative
problems [to be] worked out."

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