American Rifleman - March 2015 - 13

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, fingerprinted
and re-register 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 be fore 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, barrel-shortened 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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