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  •  What are onerous firearm restrictions? (0+ / 0-)

    Let's say  I own a .40 caliber S&W handgun, a sport shooting rifle, and a hunting rifle. Just like my car and my CPA business license, I have to register it every year, confirm my ownership, and pay a registration fee.  Just like the city ordinances determine how many people can legally drive in my car or live in my house, I am permitted just the 3 guns, as they serve each purpose to which a gun is needed, but are restricted beyond that as additional guns, just like overcrowded cars and houses, create a dangerous situation.

    For my CPA public accountant license, when I update my registration for the year, the state licensing authority will do a background check and ensure I haven't been convicted of any crime, and may, on a random basis, require me to submit my professional education certifications.  So, for my guns, the same is done - a background check every year, checking on my criminal and medical records to see that I can still legally/responsibly still own a gun.

    Just like my relatives can report to the DMV if I'm driving drunk, or if my eyesight is failing / health problems that prevent me from being a good driver, the same process can exist with the gun registration agency - I can report my idiot nephew who gets high and walks around with his gun, my poor niece who suffered a mental breakdown and shouldn't have a gun, my elderly father who is no longer competent to use a gun.

    How are these onerous restrictions? Now, I get it, I don't have a constitutional right to own a car or have a CPA license, but if these are reasonable restrictions on my livelihood and my primary means of transportation and living conditions, why should a gun not be subject to the same type reasonable restrictions?

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:07:52 PM PST

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      Let's say  I own a .40 caliber S&W handgun, a sport shooting rifle, and a hunting rifle. Just like my car and my CPA business license, I have to register it every year, confirm my ownership, and pay a registration fee.  Just like the city ordinances determine how many people can legally drive in my car or live in my house, I am permitted just the 3 guns, as they serve each purpose to which a gun is needed, but are restricted beyond that as additional guns, just like overcrowded cars and houses, create a dangerous situation.
      No registration. It leads to confiscation. See New York. See DiFi's proposed AWB. See the SKS in Cali.

      No fees to own a firearm. Poll tax. Firearm ownership is a civil right enshrined in the Constitution.

      Rights aren't based on need. Owning firearms and keeping them on your property isn't something the government should stick it's nose in (I'll make an exception for laws saying you're liable if your kid [or someone else's] gets their hands on your gun).  

      So, for my guns, the same is done - a background check every year, checking on my criminal and medical records to see that I can still legally/responsibly still own a gun.
      Nope. No registration. See above.
      Just like my relatives can report to the DMV if I'm driving drunk, or if my eyesight is failing / health problems that prevent me from being a good driver, the same process can exist with the gun registration agency - I can report my idiot nephew who gets high and walks around with his gun, my poor niece who suffered a mental breakdown and shouldn't have a gun, my elderly father who is no longer competent to use a gun.
      Do that now, but report the person to local police. Again, no registration.
      why should a gun not be subject to the same type reasonable restrictions?
      Because they're not reasonable. Not when it comes to civil rights. Would you like to register each year for your freedom of speech rights? Make sure you haven't become mentally incompetent or a criminal in the meantime?

      Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

      by KVoimakas on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:29:02 AM PST

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