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  •  Revocation? (5+ / 0-)

    A nut gets his permit/license/whatever taken away for whatever reason.  If you aren't keeping tabs on his guns, how do you take them away?  My driver's license is tied to my car registration, after all.

    •  That's a valid point (1+ / 0-)
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      But the purpose of a background check isn't to make it possible to take guns away.  It's to verify if a person is allowed to buy new guns.

      For your scenario of a person being arrested and having his guns taken away, in that case his home and other property can be searched, and that person can be charged with other felonies and given longer jail time if he refuses to surrender all his weapons.  That's all done through due process in court.

      But the government doesn't get to keep tabs on all the guns, I don't want them to.  When I inherit my grandfather's guns, no one is going to know about it.  I don't want some future fascist government knowing where all the guns are, and sending SWAT teams out after them.  When that has happened in the past in other countries, it ended very badly for the people who had their guns taken away.

      •  Not simply arrested (0+ / 0-)

        There may be administrative reasons for revoking a license and requiring citizens to surrender or at least declare their guns.  They may include erders of protection, findings of mental incompetence, or simply lapsed documentation.  How can you verify that prohibited people have indeed surrendered legally acquired guns if you don't register them?

    •  My cars (7+ / 0-)

      are registered with the same government agency that issues my drivers license.  I have to notify them when I sell a car, I have to have the sells transaction verified by a notary, I have to provide them with proof of insurance, and my insurance company notifies that same state agency if I drop coverage.

      Sure, I could ignore all those regulations but if I get caught for even a very minor motor vehicle infraction they will throw the book at me.  Guns should also be registered, tied to the license which needs to be mandatory to be able to own a gun and each and every gun needs to be insured.

      "In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism" Marine Corp Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

      by Kevskos on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 08:43:34 AM PDT

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      •  More importantly (0+ / 0-)

        the regulations should be so numerous and difficult to abide by that inevitably every gun owner will have the book thrown at them, or at the very least be disarmed.

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