Quote: Originally Posted by bobnoorduyn
Like most, I want the best protection possible, with enough restrictions to make certain only those serious about target shooting, hunting or self defence of one's home can legally acquire guns. That does not cover, carrying concealed weapons. It is too easy to haul out a pistol and start firing during heated arguments. I can just imagine what would have happened to me if these discussions were face to face with concealed weapons available.
What I see as unreasonable, is the excuse of cost being the reason for doing away with a gun registry. How far would this argument go if used for getting rid of the automobile registry?? I do not believe it is reasonable to allow citizens to acquire AK47s or other types of machine guns under any circumstances. Fine, if a hunter, target shooter, or a home owner wishes to acquire a gun for home defence, not my problem. But like a person owning 5 automobiles,they must expect to pay for five registrations, 5 lots of insurance etc. why should someone owning 5 or more guns, feel no need to have the same principles apply??
The majority of people who "haul out a pistol and start firing" are those not authorised to legally own firearms in the first place. There are many good folks in the US who have such permits and they are not the ones starting firefights. Back when it was far easier to get such a permit here there was only one, count 'em one, case of someone with a concealed carry permit who used one, or four, criminally, (Valerie Fabrikant). The only time a legal automatic firearm was used in the commission of an offense was
when Denis Lortie used his government issued firearm to take over the Quebec Legislature, (he was a soldier with the van-doos.)
You seem to think that everyone who owns firearms is a Clint Eastwood wannabe, the reality is far from that. And What is wrong with the AK-47? Other than it isn't terribly accurate over long ranges, but the semi automatic version is legal for deer.
Again, you can own 5 vehicles, but you don't have to register them unless you drive them on public property or roads. What people own and keep on their own property is their own business, save for things with obvious nefarious purposes. Since after registering my vehicle I can drive it in public, it stands to reason that if I register my firearm, I should be able to take it out in public. The simple fact here is that owning, (not even using) a firearm that some government body arbitrarily says you can't own, is a criminal offense.