The destruction of gun registrations and the elimination of another level of bureaucracy is never a bad thing.
Last week Nevada Governor Brian Sandavol signed legislation that put an end to Clark County’s massive blue card pistol permitting process. The county’s mandatory handgun registration requirements have been in place since the mid 1900s.
With the passage of new laws, which “render null and void local ordinances/codes regulating the transfer, sale, possession, ownership, transportation, registration and licensing of firearms and ammunition,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been forced to end their local handgun registration permit program.
Guns.com reports on the story:
The registration scheme was implemented in 1948. Popularly known as blue cards due to their color, the law mandated that all handguns with a barrel less than 12 inches be registered within 72 hours of being purchased by an area resident. Opponents argued the scheme came from a time that pre-dated current background checks and has been made obsolete in a modern Nevada.
“Seven decades ago, Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky and their pals from New York decided that Clark County was ripe for expanding mob operations, and organized crime arrived in Las Vegas – complete with armed ‘soldiers’ for protection and muscle,” reads a 2012 editorial in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“In response, the county adopted the ordinance requiring the registration of handguns. It was assumed that the mobsters wouldn’t comply so, with few legal restrictions on search and seizure back then, the new ordinance provided law enforcement with some serious leverage.”
While we should celebrate the destruction of almost 70-years’ worth of data on gun owners, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking this is some kind of victory for gun rights or the Second Amendment. Federal gun regulations require handgun purchasers to submit to a background check. There is no way around this.
In order to exercise your Second Amendment rights to their full extent, an individual must gain approval from the authorities. The issue with this process is specifically not with the idea of having to gain approval or the act of passing a background check to buy a gun. The rights violation in this process of acquiring a handgun occurs when an individual is forced to submit to regulations that they do not consent to.
There are better ways to deal with the issue of gun control, particularly for those who advocate for a more free society.
For example, adjoining property owners or communities could come to an agreement to require background checks as prerequisites for gun ownership, as long as the law or regulation governing the process has the consent of those who live under the law. To take it one step further, an individual property owner or group of adjoining property owners could decide that they don’t want to allow any guns on their property. Or, property owners could choose to go in the opposite direction and decide to govern their land with their adjoining landowners without any gun laws or backgrounds checks.
Most individuals in society are unable to comprehend or accept the freedom afforded in the options discussed above. Until a significant majority of the populace has a better grasp of the concept of individual rights and governments built upon consent, we must continue to rely upon the Second Amendment to protect our right to bear arms and protect our life and liberty.
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