Well, Gun Freak, I agree licensing is the issue but you will never convince the public to go against it.People have drivers licenses, pilots licenses, boating licenses and so forth. Doing away with licensing would be next to impossible. Licensing is also a way to prove competence and worthiness. Personally I would prefer to fly in a plane piloted by a licensed pilot rather than some yahoo who says he can fly the plane, even if he is competent. How would we really be sure? The FAC came around the mid 70`s. But at least they never knew what guns you owned. In my mind registration is the worst of the two evils because once they know what you have, they can take them away, even if you are innocent of any crime.They can just legislate them away at will. This is why Wendy Cukier was so adamant about registration. Her reasoning was that in order to have everyone licensed, the guns must be registered so that a licensed owner could not sell or give a gun to an unlicensed person. Each licensed person has the responsibility to account for each gun they own. I suppose we could argue that everyone should be able to own a gun, including mentally challenged people and people with criminal records, etc. However, in todays world that just won`t be accepted. People will still be required to get a license. I would be shocked to see licensing go.
But with registration gone, people caught without a license would have their guns confiscated.In a free society we should not have to report what private property we own and have this information used against us by prejudiced people who don`t like guns. As long as a person is licensed then they should be free to own whatever they want without government interference and without having to report it. It would be more of an honor system in that licensed gun owners would have to police themselves to not sell guns to people of questionable character. I am just playing the devils advocate here and trying to use common sense. If you believe licensing will disappear please let me know how that would ever happen in todays world of rules and regulations and laws and criminals and crazy people. Harper would never get away with that but registration really is inneffective and too expensive and has the historical track record of being abused with tragic consequences.
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