What Congress should do, post-Heller
Bob Levy and Dave Kopel have an op-ed in the Wall St. Journal on the subject.
Only a handful of states require the registration of firearms...a process that in all likelihood is unconstitutional to begin with. Why in the world would Kopel and Levy support any registration scheme at all??
Posted by: Graystar at August 8, 2008 08:25 AM
It's a fad, among the pro-gun Lawyers who want to appear moderate, to appeal to "liberals" by saying registration is OK if PROPERLY carried out (which has never occurred regarding guns in 2000 years of recorded history).
They base this affection for registration on the ASSUMPTION that it will never be abused (a historical falsehood). After 30 years in the pro-gun lawyer group, I still have no idea why Kates, Kopel, Levy, et al continue to grasp at this straw.
Any device/person designed to deter/repel governmental tyranny , cannot be on a list in the possession of the very government whose predilections toward tyranny you suspect. Anymore that the state of Alabama can maintain a list of Blacks who belong to the SCLC. Deterrence depends on uncertainty.
Posted by: 30yearProf at August 8, 2008 08:56 AM
This concerns me. A Chicago Alderman with an alleged gang banger boyfried allegedly possessing CPD warrant info in her home.
Combine this with stories of former gang banger Alderman, gang banger cops, and a CPD managed gun registration system that must look like a shopping list.
Posted by: Melancton Smith at August 8, 2008 11:41 AM
Did they screw up?
I thought the bill introduced on 31 July was called the Second Amendment Enforcement Act.
Posted by: Carl in Chicago at August 8, 2008 02:32 PM