“A more effective [gun sales] system would require everyone who owns or acquires a gun to register it,” nytimes.com posits. “Gun owners would also need a license that could be obtained by demonstrating they can use a gun responsibly, and passing a background check.” The Times would have the system applied to dealer and private sales. So, universal background checks and licensing and registration for all gun owners. This is the exact scenario mooted by opponents of universal background checks. And how does the NYT justify this Constitutional infringement? Like this . . .
The Second Amendment is the only provision in the Bill of Rights with a preamble, which announces its purpose: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The Heller decision, in turn, described the “militia” not as a formal military organization, but as everyone qualified to keep and bear arms.
The Second Amendment therefore means that all who exercise firearms rights should be “well regulated.” History confirms this: Comprehensive registration laws would not have alarmed those who wrote the Second Amendment. In the early republic, gun …Read the Rest
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