Editor:

Regarding the Firearms Registration Act (HB0768) now in the State House, I would pose a simple question: What problem is solved by this bill should it become law? (Yea, call me old fashioned, but I think laws should solve actual problems.)

Is it so the state will know exactly who owns (and who does not own) firearms? Well, it won't solve that problem! (Let's forgo the normal pro- and anti-Second Amendment arguments for a moment and look at reality.)

We know the criminal element in society doesn't obey laws. Even guns laws. Especially gun laws! We know that those who own firearms illegally, those who stole their guns, bought them through straw purchases or other illegal means, or used them in a crime, will not participate in this registration - even with threat of arrest. So, that entire swath of our populace would still have their guns in the shadows - and still USE them illegally - and we still won't know who they are.

So again, what problem is solved by knowing who LEGALLY owns a firearm, and still not knowing who illegally possesses one? What problem is solved by passing this bill knowing full well that criminals will not obey it?

The simple answer? No problem is solved!

Now, what problems are created by this law? We've seen where names and addresses have been published of all registered gun owners in an area. That tells criminals two things: where they can possibly find guns to steal; and which houses are UN-armed and potentially good burglary targets themselves. Is every politician who votes "Yay" on this bill OK with every legal gun owner's home published on a pin-map? Moreover, are those same politicians OK with every illegal gun owner remaining anonymous to the state?

It seems that passage of this bill doesn't solve any problems, but actually opens up Pandora's Box for other problems.

Claude Osgood

Avondale

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