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    Senior Member Uncle Bill's Avatar
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    Default What say you concerning this can of worms?

    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!

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    This is old news. Everyone knows that any gun control law is unconstitutional and criminals are still citizens, so criminals can't be legally denied to carry. I think that it's called the 2nd Amendment but you might snopes that to make sure.

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    From your own wikipedia cite.....

    Haynes v. US was predicated upon the National Firearms Act of 1934. After the Haynes decision, Congress amended the act so that it applied only to persons who could lawfully own firearms. Thus, the Haynes decision is no longer applicable to Federal cases. The Haynes decision does block state prosecutions on the original basis.

    You can read the opinion at: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bi...l=390&invol=85
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