Saturday, July 20, 2013
On the List
I don't know anyone who believes that the federal government is obeying that law. It's well known that the feds simply ignore the laws when they feel like it. Or they "bend" the law to cover illegal activities.
So, a lot of people are not buying in stores anymore. When you hear about "gun show loop holes" what the hive drones are complaining about is not being able to track your gun purchase, and not being able to screen you.
With a curio and relic license you have to record the guns you buy using the license, and you have to record the purchaser when you trade or sell them. I don't do trades and I don't sell my guns once I get them so that hasn't been too onerous. However, ATF reserves the right to come to your house and inspect your records so if you want to use a C&R to save money and facilitate your collection, that's the price you pay. Back in the 1970's and 1980's I didn't worry much about that, but in retrospect it might have been better not to get the C&R at all.
On the other hand, I also have a concealed carry permit from my state, which requires a federal background check. So they know I'm a gun owner anyway. I think in the Southern states, and many of the mountain and great plains states, people would not obey gun confiscation laws. New England, New York, California, Washington, Oregon and the other deep blue states probably would. I doubt the feds would get a lot of support from local law enforcement outside those states. And even in the deep blue enclaves, there would be people who refused although it would be much more dangerous for them than it would be for someone in Alabama or Wyoming. Heinlein said it best. He obeyed laws that made sense and did not obey laws that did not. If a law is immoral, unjust, or contravenes the constitution then I believe there's no obligation to obey it. That doesn't mean you won't wind up under the federal prison if you don't, because the consequences of not obeying the federal government can be drastic. David Koresh or Randy Weaver come to mind in that regard.
Getting a concealed carry permit isn't as bad. It will put you on the list, but the benefits outweigh the risks, in my opinion.
It's a shame we even have to worry about it. As states rights have declined and the federal government has taken more and more power which it was not given in the constitution, the situation for conservative, states rights supporting people has gotten tougher. I think we still have enough political power to push back. The time to really worry is when the feds come up with some way to cripple the NRA. Then, it's all over but the crying.