A retired AZ state trooper forwarded some info to me that I thought was quite interesting.
Convicted FELONS are NOT required to register their firearms.
Yep you read that right.
Way back when I was a young pup, and not old enough to vote...well barely out of diapers actually, in the 1968 US Supreme Court case Haynes v. US the following was determined:
Haynes, a convicted felon, was convicted of unlawful possession of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun. He argued that for a convicted felon to register a gun was effectively an announcement to the government that he was breaking the law and that registration violated his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. The court, by an 7-1 margin, agreed,
the conclusion: "We hold that a proper claim of the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination provides a full defense to prosecutions either for failure to register a firearm or for possession of an unregistered firearm." (Summary from American Rifleman, March 2000, page 20)
So, when these gun registration schemes are announced, be aware that only lawful gun owners will be required to register their firearms. Unlawful owners are exempted from registration laws due to their constitutional protection against self-incrimination.
Once again, the conclusion is the same as the last 5 years.....yes the American people, really are THAT stupid.