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  • could there possibly be? (0+ / 0-)
    I'd be fine with a registration scheme myself, if there were some sort of guarantees against arbitrary confiscations.
    Do you mean a constitutional amendment guaranteeing that the government will never confiscate people's weapons (even if they confiscate all of their other property) or something like that?

    Because otherwise there's no way to do what you say. No law can prevent a future law overturning that law. Which means that your condition can never be satisfied in any way except by amending the constitution to add dramatically more protections for gun owners than currently exist, and than are currently enshrined in the constitution for any other kind of property.

    So... basically what you seem to be saying is that you'd be fine with a registration scheme if and only if something completely impossible were to happen?

    •  Um, no, I think you're reading too much into it. (0+ / 0-)

      I mean there's already the 2nd Amendment and the Heller verdict; there's the 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable search & seizure, etc.

      But these things did not stop confiscations or attempts at confiscations in the past, and I'm talking about confiscations from people who had not been convicted of any crimes. There was no due process of law.

      So I'm simply saying that at some point in any proposed registration law, there'd have to be something in that self-same body of law that reaffirms the right to posses lawfully, and protection from arbitrary confiscation.

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