Originally Posted by copestag
lets get that started with a softball for you........ it violates my right to privacy for one....... I dont want my name, phone number, home address, etc published in the local newspaper and appearing on a public map stating how many and what types of firearms I own for all the world to see
the constitution doesnt grant me the right to own a firearm....... I already have that right....... the constitution restricts the government from violating my rights
and truth be told........ while I would agree common sense dictates we need certain laws limiting things like felons and mentally ill people from owning weapons..... I dont truly believe thats constitutional either...... if you want to take a hardline on it
the constitution doesnt say the right shall not be infringed unless youre a felon or mentally ill......... it says it shall not be infringed..... period
techinally speaking by constitutional law....... there should be nobody prevented for any reason........ convictions/mental status/sex/height/AGE/gay/black/alaskan/etc/etc........ but I digress ..... as common sense does dictate that some groups for the good of humanity need to be prevented
First of all, no one said anything about publishing anyone's names in the newspaper. Your car is registered. That's not public information. That information is readily available to law enforcement, but it is not readily available to the guy next door. If you are John Q Public Citizen you have to jump through some hoops to get that info. Even if I do jump through those hoops I don't get a list of every car that is registered to you. I get one tag and who that's registered to. That's it.
So, again, if you have to register a gun when you buy it or if you do the de facto thing where where retailers keep track of who they sell guns to (which they do already in a lot of cases I'm sure) and give those records to the feds, how does this infringe on your right at all? You can still buy just as many guns and the same type of guns as you can right now. If registration went into effect tomorrow, that would not change in the slightest.