Gun Controllers Upset Federal Law Guards Against Gun Registration

“Michael Hammond, the legal counsel for Gun Owners of America … pointed to comments that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made when [he said,] "Confiscation could be an option."”


Gun Controllers Upset Federal Law Guards Against Gun Registration

How easily a stolen gun can be matched to one used in a crime depends on laws that can either speed or impede the trace.

Making the job easier: mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns and background checks, measures opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups [such as Gun Owners of America] but favored by gun control organizations….

Making it more difficult: the federal Tiahrt Amendments and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, which impede the dissemination of records to researchers or others outside of law enforcement or forbid the creation of a registry of guns, gun owners or gun sales.

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William Rosen, the deputy legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, accused the gun lobby of stoking fears that the government would use a registry for a mass seizure of guns….

Michael Hammond, the legal counsel for Gun Owners of America, said such fears are warranted. 

He pointed to comments that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made when the state was considering new restrictions on assault weapons after the rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot 20 kids, ages 6 and 7, to death and six of the school's staff.

"Confiscation could be an option," Cuomo said in an interview on an Albany, New York, radio station in 2012. "Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it."

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