Why Convicted Felon's Don't, Won't, Have to Register Their Firearms.
U.S. Supreme Court's 1968 Haynes v. U.S. decision:
Haynes, a convicted felon, was convicted of unlawful possession of an
unregistered short-barreled shotgun. He argued that for a convicted felon to
register a gun was effectively an announcement to the government that he was
breaking the law and that registration violated his Fifth Amendment protection
against self-incrimination. The court, by an 7 - 1 margin, agreed, concluding:
"We hold that a proper claim of the constitutional privilege against
self-incrimination provides a full defense to prosecutions either for
failure to register a firearm. or for possession of an unregistered firearm."
So, when these gun registration schemes are announced, be aware that only
lawful gun-owners can be required to register their firearms.
Unlawful owners, including all convicted felons and all illegal aliens are
exempted from registration laws due to their constitutional protection against
I can hardly wait to hear from the "snopes" crowd. Bring it on!