WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 — Gun owners are told constantly, in the midst of their fear, that no one wants to register their guns. They are told repeatedly, in the midst of their trepidation, that no one is coming to take their guns. And they are told religiously by the left, that their representatives in Washington have no design on the firearms of the American people.
Alright, so how about they prove it?
S.2105, introduced by Senior Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran on March 11 of this year, would address the concerns many gun owners have over the Democratic push to reduce and “rein in” the American gun culture.
While Steve Stockman’s H.R. 4380 would prevent federal funds being used to support a gun registry through the NICS or COPS programs, S.2105 goes significantly further in curtailing the potential of a national or state level gun registry.
Below is the entirety of the text of the law.
“No department or agency of the United States shall support, by funding or other means, the establishment or maintenance, by a State or political subdivision of a State, of any comprehensive or partial listing of firearms lawfully possessed or lawfully owned by private persons, or of persons who lawfully possess or own firearms, except in the case of firearms that have been reported to the State or political subdivision as lost or stolen.”
In case you missed that, the law would prohibit ANY activity pertaining to supporting the creation and sustenance of a gun registry at any level.
Just like H.R. 4380, S. 2105 draws a line in the sand for the political spectrum to divide themselves upon. Except whereas 4380 limits funding, 2105 is much more extreme. Republican politicians, and even some pro-gun Democrats, would probably be more likely to support a measure limiting funding for the NICS and COPS programs in establishing a registry, but Establishment Republicans would be far less inclined to support this kind of legislation which would essentially handicap the power of the federal government and the states. Look carefully at who supports and opposes this bill, their acceptance or refusal will clearly show who supports the rights of gun owners, and who only says they do, as long as it does not cost them power and authority.
This legislation would also send a very clear message to states who seek to go the extra mile in depriving law abiding individuals their Constitutional rights. When the federal government fails to pass another piece of knee jerk, emotionally driven law in a long line of knee jerk, emotionally driven law, the states feel that it is their duty to pick up where Washington left off. They do this in the form of state gun registries, firearms identification cards, weapons classifications bans, and restrictive conceal carry issuance guidelines, all which the federal government is too scared to do.
If this law passes, and it has a slim chance, it would potentially void all of the state gun registries across the country as the states and counties and municipalities would be prohibited from “supporting” any form of them aside from the lost or stolen category. This means that New York and Connecticut could be forced to scrap their handgun and “assault” weapon registry. This means that Maryland could be forced to scrap their handgun registry. This means that California would actually have to respect the rights of their citizens and relinquish their tightly held registry. This means that Washington, DC could actually be forced to relinquish their registry, which currently registers all guns bought in and brought into the city.
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The tens of thousands of individuals in New York and Connecticut would no longer face the fear of prosecution for refusing to register their previously owned firearms that the state has deemed an “assault” rifle. This would go a long way in showing the people of this country who both fear gun registration, and who deny the governments wishes to register guns, that the government indeed has no plans to create a data-base for their firearms.
Of course there is a concern about state’s rights. States should be allowed the right to regulate the laws within their own borders. However, when those laws strip Americans of rights that are federally recognized, and violate the Constitution, then the federal government should interfere and pass the necessary legislation.
And this is necessary legislation. The 2nd Amendment was crafted to secure the individual right to bear arms in defense of themselves and against tyranny of government. One cannot expect to adequately practice the freedom to be armed against future government tyranny if the very body that those arms are meant to protect him or her from governs the manner in which that freedom is practiced.
This legislation is fledgling at the moment, in its infancy. It has no cosponsors, and it has been sent to subcommittee. Interesting new laws are coming into play nowadays. With Steve Stockman’s bill limiting funding to gun registries, Chris Stewart’s bill calling to cut funding to “paramilitary” units in Federal agencies, and a bill that would allow for national reciprocation of concealed carry, it shows that there are those in government who are listening to the people, and who see the constant attack on American gun ownership, and who actually want to do something about it.
Now is an interesting time, we have reached a tipping point. There was so much push by the gun-control crowd to crush American gun-culture, and so naturally there has been a push back by gun owners. With more legislation like this, perhaps gun owners will begin to secure their right to keep and bear arms with a legislative push of their own.
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