This week has shown us two examples of why gun registration is a raw deal for law abiding gun owners:
- An Illinois man successfully defended himself and his daughter from a midnight break-in using his gun. Instead of getting time to deal with the stress that must come along with taking a life, he was arrested and charged with having an expired FOID (registered gun owner) card. Did I mention that he was on crutches?
- California police confiscate a man’s guns, accidentally. Yeah, you read that correctly. The roving gun confiscation squad in California showed up at a man’s house and took his legally owned guns saying that he was convicted of a felony 44 years ago. He wasn’t.
Gun registration only serves to harm the already law abiding citizen.
These are only two stories that have broken in the news this week. It seems that more and more we’re hearing stories just like these coming out of places where gun owners are registered with the state.
“But we don’t have gun registration in NC!”
I have a close friend who has refused to get a concealed carry permit here in NC for the longest time because he didn’t want to give the state his fingerprints and be registered with the state as a gun owner. I used to think that he was being a little nutty, but more and more I’m starting to think he was right from the beginning. As a concealed carry permit holder, I’m registered with the state as a [possible] gun owner, and I’m not okay with that anymore.
It’s time we start pushing our legislators for constitutional carry here in NC. If I can be trusted to own a gun, and keep it in my home responsibly, why can I not be trusted to carry it concealed without a permit?