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In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:still not effect people breaking the law.
Of course they will! Have you not been following?
The point is NOT that the law criminalizing failure to register will "effect people breaking the law" directly. It's that it will make it way harder for those people to get guns in the first place!
If I am going to be sent to jail for reselling a gun to someone without registering the sale, then I won't resell the gun to someone without registering the sale.
If I register the sale, and that gun is linked to a no-suspect shooting, guess who the suspect is: The next buyer.
The point is to cut off the flow of guns to the people who do end up using them illegally. Where do you think these people are getting the guns? Are they all stolen from gun shops? NO! They were once legal guns.
And if I don't register the sale, and the gun is linked to a shooting, I'll be charged with a crime. The pressure will then be on me to rat out who I sold it to. That person will be the suspect in the shooting, or the guy who sold the gun again to the suspect.
And so on.
It provides a way to choke the flow of weapons from legal to black markets, with the added bonus that it provides a means to find out who committed shootings where the suspect isn't otherwise caught.
So I see registration as the first step to further restriction and confiscation; history shows us that its happened before.
In which country? Huh?
Again, all I can see is paranoia, not logic, driving your fears about having to register your guns.
Whether you have to register or not, if there is such a sea change in popular opinion that government comes for everyone's guns........the fact that you have an FID card, not a registration number, is not going to protect your guns.
I really don't understand why you aren't grasping that part of things. If the world turns upside down, the 2nd Amd. is repealed, and government really does start confiscating all guns.....
...it doesn't matter whether you have FID vs. registration!
Did government raid everyone's house when prohibition went into effect? NO! They raided places suspected of continuing to serve booze. They checked suspicious cars.
You'd be in the same position as an individual making bathtub gin during prohibition, regardless of FID or registration..... sorry, that is not a logical slippery slope.
But that isn't going to happen. See: Paranoia.
It's really simple; if gun purchases are registered then the government knows where they are. If the laws change; they look at the list and come get them.
If there isn't a registry it's more like your prohibition example where they didn't knock on doors.
I'm a very strong supporter of personal rights, and avoid government oversight whenever I can.
So basically, you don't want to register your gun because if gun ownership ever became illegal, you want to be better positioned to break the law?
I'd call it civil disobediance, because going that far would be a break in our Constitution.