Quote: Originally Posted by FiveParadox
I don't quite understand why it should be such a contentious thing, just to register one's weapons. I don't see why it should be so terribly hard, and such a breach of one's rights, to "register" one's weapon with some sort of registry, or institution, to ensure that one is authorized to possess that weapon. If one is authorized for the weapon, then a license can be issued, and there's no problem — if there's a reason that one should not own that weapon, then the registry could be "programmed", so to speak, to deny the registration and the license.
If there's a serious problem with a particular person owning a weapon, then why should the Government of Canada not have the right to force persons to attempt to register weapons upon purchase, and to reserve the right to reject those registrations, and to reject one's privilege to own that weapon, if some need or circumstance demands?
Forget beaurocracy, I am talking about an actual registry.
You've got it a little backwards Five. One has to have a license BEFORE they can purchase a weapon, which makes registration redundant as a method of keeping legal guns out of the hands of criminals.
TOP TEN REASONS WE HATE REGISTRATION:
1. It inevitably, invariably leads to the confiscation of the weapons registered. Look at the history of registration in England, Australia, and Canada.
2. It is extremely difficult, because of the large number of weapons with identical numbers, various numbers, or no numbers.
3. It is expensive as hell, as the Liberals have recently proven.
4. It is useless in court. Because of the difficulties in tracking the registered guns, or even in registering them properly, the data is always flawed, to the point it will NOT even stand up in court.
5. It is useless as a crime prevention tool. It takes a tiny number of guns to arm criminals.............Jamaican gun violence in Toronto in light of 72 years of handgun registration......'nuff said.
6. It only impacts the honest shooter. Criminals, by definition, don't join the system.
7. The costs, bureacracy, etc put gun shops out of business,,,,,,,,,,I have to travel 100+ kilometers to get to a decent gun shop........20 years ago there were two specialty shops in town, and most department stores sold long guns. (K-Mart, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Sears.....)
8. The bureacracy created is inevitably gun-ignorant, and often anti-gun, which makes dealing with them an unpleasant experience.
9. It requires me to carry another damn piece of paper when I go out, gives the powers that be another reason to harass me.....
10. It is, to some of us, an infringement of our ancient right to go armed.