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Gun Owners Could Back Part of Schumer's Plan
Alan Korwin, Author, Gun Laws of America
According to published reports (Associated Press, 3/14/13), Sen. Charles Schumer, speaking about his proposed background-check bill, said, "The bill explicitly says there is no registration, explicitly says no confiscation." It's good that Mr. Schumer put this on the table, it's a step in the right direction.
The firearms community might accept this, in principle, with slightly different wording. It's a question of laws with teeth. What if, instead of saying "no gun registration," Schumer's bill said, "Anyone who creates or attempts to create any sort of gun registration shall go to prison."
Think of it as constitutional comitatus law -- law with teeth that holds officials accountable, instead of laws that merely make statements (like Mr. Schumer's draft). The rewrite is modeled after our posse comitatus law that has worked so well for a century and a half.
Similarly, instead of "explicitly" saying no confiscation, let it say, "Anyone who confiscates or attempts to confiscate firearms (or ammo or accessories) that the public bears shall go to prison, too. And pay serious fines." Mr. Schumer's noble assurance would be met.
I'll bet the pro-rights community might support Mr. Schumer along those lines, and we'd have at least partial agreement at last. Let's work together for reasonable bipartisan compromise. No registration and no confiscation, under penalty of law. It's just common sense. Honest legislators should have no reason to object.
Note: Because the NICS background-check system is inherently a registration-prone model, the registration-free BIDS model should get serious consideration at this point in time. See original here.
An Iowa City, Iowa officer pulled over an SUV zooming down the road - turns out they were zooming toward the hospital, because the woman passenger of the SUV was on the verge of delivering another passenger -- a baby! Our cop became a bit of a hero by delivering the baby roadside:
Glad my wife didn't deliver like this - 'cause I'm guessing cops in Iowa aren't prepared to do epidurals...