Originally Posted by banyon
There are several states that require registration amd have for years. Is there evidence they are confiscating them?
I don't think the extra 50$ for an FFL check (actually $20 where i live) is going to ruin the gun industry. It hasnt in the places where it is done. heck every online sale mostly has to go through an FFL if it is shipped, and those sales have increased exponentially. It's a reasonable tradeoff given these circumstances.
1st, federal law preempts state law. States with registration requirements can't confiscate weapons in the status quo because of federal law. If we had federal registration, we are only one crazy guy killing 20 kindergartners away from people throwing their rights away entirely.
2nd, registration laws have been used both federally and at the state level as a backdoor ban before. The law says you have to register the gun to be legal, but they close the registry or the CLEO (chief law enforcement officer) refuses to register weapons. Ergo, no legal way to own a firearm.
3rd, it isn't a reasonable tradeoff considering these circumstances. These circumstances are exactly why rights are enshrined, so public passion doesn't destroy them.
4th, my position is not that $50 extra per gun will destroy the industry. I doubt it will have much of an effect at all. But it is a tradeoff to a law that accomplishes nothing. Online retailers are popular because even with the transfer fee, they are still cheaper because you avoid sales tax and the online retailers drop ship and have incredibly reduced cost. Your plan would add 10% to the cost of most firearms. It won't accomplish much of anything. Recall that Connecticut requires registration of the exact type of weapon used in the shooting. Gun registration in Chicago, D.C. and elsewhere has been a complete failure.