Quote of the day—Stephen Halbrook

Yet no good cop would assume that criminals register guns. Now we know that D.C. police don’t check the gun registry when on the way to a crime scene, and the reason for registration collapses.

Stephen Halbrook
December 11, 2013
Attorney for Dick Heller in “Heller II”.
MILLER: Dick Heller challenges D.C.’s gun registration scheme, files for quick ruling in Heller II
[H/T to Sebastian.

It’s abundantly clear the only reason for registration is to cast a chilling effect on the exercise of specific enumerated right and to aid in later confiscation. These people don’t just need to have their laws slapped down in the courts.These people should be prosecuted.—Joe]


9 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Stephen Halbrook

  1. “A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.” — Lenin
    “Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.” — Janet Reno
    If you didn’t already know Reno is a marxist, this will serve as proof.

  2. The courts really need to adopt the chilling effect theory from 1st amendment jurisprudence for 2nd amendment jurisprudence. But they have been reluctant to, because GUNS.

    • The chilling effect “theory” is embodied in 18 USC 241 and 18 USC 242.

      We have more than enough legal protections already. They’re redundant. For example, 241 and 242 are implied in the both second amendment and the Oath requirement. Our problem is that all three branches of our government are corrupt. What you’re saying then is; the courts really need to stop being corrupt.

      That’s a bit like saying; “That serial murderer really needs to stop killing people” or “That gangster really needs to stop stealing and extorting”.

      True, but who’s going to make him stop if asking him politely doesn’t work?

    • The answer to that is known: No.

      The DCPD office that maintains the registry is very concerned about the sensitive nature of all the personal data they collect in the registry, and they won’t allow the average cop on the beat to be able to access it.

      • IOW, the DCPD office maintains that the registry is necessary so that responding officers know whether to expect a gun to be present at the scene, while simultaneously maintaining that the responding officers have no access to any information in said registry. The former has significant 4th (and possibly 5th) Amendment concerns, while the latter shows the whole scheme as a useless waste with the (intentional) side effect of intimidating and harassing lawful and potential gun owners.

        So, which is it? The two are mutually exclusive.

        • As we can see from the NYC precedent, the actual answer is “neither”. The real purpose of the registry is to tell the authorities which doors to knock on when they start doing confiscation.

  3. Per both logic and the recent DOJ memo, the -only- way to enforce “universal background checks” is to have an absolutely complete and accurate “universal registry.” If you don’t already know who owns what guns, there is no way to prove that an illegal transfer has taken place without a mutual confession or actually observing the transfer take place.

    If registries are found unCon even a “Reasonable Basis” argument cannot be made with any intellectual integrity to support universal background checks.

  4. IOW, there are two kinds of gun owners. There are the peaceful & honest on one side and the criminals & tyrants on the other. All gun laws impugn, harass and impede the former while barely if at all touching the latter, which reveals the motive behind them.

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