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Is a national firearms registry a good idea?

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  • National firearm registry does not infringe right to own gun. A user email quoted in a 2002 Free Republic article: "Anyway, the preamble referring to the well regulated militia doesn't mean you would have to be part of some organization to have a protected right to own a gun. I'm with you there. But I'm not with you on the idea that regulating gun owners in some way is also banned. Where does the 2nd amendment say (or where does that opinion SAY it says) that the state or federal governments can't keep track of who has guns, and what kind of guns they are, or what their ballistic fingerprints are? Your worry that registration would lead to confiscation is understandable, but it does not follow that if confiscation is unconstitutional, then registration must also be. I don't see any basis for believing, let alone assuming, that registration is banned by the Bill of Rights. No right is absolute. Your right to vote requires that you have ID and establish your address and age, for instance. That does not infringe on your right to vote."[1]


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