A recent move by politicians in California demonstrates why I will never register one of my firearms:
All semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines would be banned, all guns would be registered and no ammunition could be bought without a special permit in California under a sweeping list of bills rolled out Thursday by state Senate Democrats.
The 10-bill package constitutes the single largest gun control push in decades in the Golden State, which already boasts some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. It joins equally controversial proposals from Assembly Democrats that would regulate and tax ammunition sales and consider taking the state’s 166,000 registered assault weapons from their owners.
Gun control advocates often claim that they want to compromise. When those of us in the gun rights movement refuse they claim we’re unreasonable. Truth be told gun owners have compromised numerous times and gun control advocates always want more. Gun owners compromised when they registered machine guns, short barreled rifles, and short barrled shotguns after the National Firearms Act was passed. After that gun control advocates demanded that gun owners cease interstate sales of firearms unless such sales were done through federally licensed dealers and agree that certain individuals be prohibited from owning firearms. Once again gun owners compromised and abided by the Gun Control Act. Then gun control advocates came for more, they wanted a ban on the transfer of all new machine guns. This compromise came when gun owners submitted to the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act. Still not satisfied, gun control advocates then demanded that all individuals wanting to buy firearms from federally licensed dealers submit to a background check, which gun owners compromised on by abiding to the terms passed into law by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
From where I stand it appears that gun control advocates are the unreasonable ones. Gun owners have compromised with gun control advocates time and time again and time and time against gun control advocates demand more. It’s impossible to make agreements with individuals that continue to move the goal posts. Gun owners in California compromised with gun control advocates when they registered their “assault weapons” and now gun control advocates are trying to use that compromise to sieze those registered firearms. This is why I won’t compromise with gun control advocates in any way, shape, or form.