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By AWR Hawkins

I will not register my guns

I will not register my guns

AmmoLand Gun News

AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(  Beginning January 1 2014, all Washington, D.C. gun owners are being required to re-register any guns that were registered “between 1976 and 2010.”

According to NBC Washington, this re-registration will take place every three years from this point forward.

Every three years, the Washington Metro Police Department (MPD) will send out forms requiring gun owners to verify that they “still live in the District and… still have your firearm.” The penalties for not complying with re-registration range from “a $13 fee to a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.” 

When Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pushed universal background checks earlier in the year, Breitbart News warned that the federal government would have to create a gun registry to make Manchin’s plan work. The government would have to know where every gun is and who owns it in order to know whether people are submitting to background checks or selling privately.

Similarly, the D.C. universal background check policy has led to a gun registration program for just this purpose. 

Dick Heller–the D.C. resident behind the famous District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) case which struck down the handgun ban in the district–says he will sue over this re-registration requirement as well. He said this requirement punishes law abiding gun owners because “you don’t see criminals registering guns.

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  • 14 User comments to “DC Police to Law Abiding, Re-Register Your Guns or Pay Fines, Go to Jail”

    1. Daniel Bassett on December 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM said:

      This is also the law of the land in Connecticut starting Jan 1st. Plus we also have to have all “large capacity” Meaning any magazine over 10 rounds, registered as well.
      we have to show proof of when we bought the weapons and magazines to show we comply with the law taking affect in may of 2013.
      This is supposed to be America. What happens when we are invaded in the future, the invading army simply pulls the forms and goes and kills all the families that have registered guns. Our Governor shoved this down our throats with no comments allowed from the people. We are no longer the constitution state but the communist state.

    2. oldgringo on December 19, 2013 at 6:36 AM said:

      This is disturbing news…Everyone knows criminals don’t register their guns…We now know that the extended background check system is nothing more than firearms registration…
      Incidentally…This new law here in Colorado did nothing to stop a young shooter in Centennial, CO from bringing a shotgun to school and discharging it at fellow students…
      This firearm as were all firearms used by shooters of noteriety and or past school shootings such as was used at Virginia Tech …The Navy Yard…Columbine…Aurora Theater
      …Newtown, Conn and other public places were all legally acquired firearms..The federal background check system did not stop any of these shootings from happening…Proof of this is the latest school shooting in Colorado which took place after the extended background check system was enacted into law…The extended background check system pushed by Obama and his fellow liberal C6mmieCR4ts is nothing more than a registry and charges of harassment directed towards responsible gun owners…If you are a gun owner and a believer in the second amendment of our US Consitution and you voted for Obama…You should be ashamed…You voted for hope and change…This is what we get in return for your throwing liberty and our freedoms out the front door!…Never to be reclaimed without a revolution…And that will never happen is this country…Everyone being too complacent to take up arms against a tyrannical government as we become governed by
      a National Police State…Naw…It just couldn’t happen in the good old USA…Land of milk and honey, apple pie and the American dream…Never…Never!…”When will They ever Learn?”…Peter, Paul and Mary

    3. oldgringo on December 19, 2013 at 6:38 AM said:

      What good are these comments if you don’t post them?

    4. oldgringo on December 19, 2013 at 6:39 AM said:

      My original comment did not get posted…Are you censoring my comments?

    5. oldgringo on December 19, 2013 at 6:41 AM said:

      If you are not censoring my comments…Why did my original comment not appear?…Ammoland…You need address these concerns!

    6. Sounds like the DC “police” have declared war on We The People in DC. Maybe WE The PEOPLE in DC need to react as in war and start dealing with the DC communist Gestopo POS police the way they need to be dealt with. After all, what WAS the actual REASON the 2nd amendment was put in the Constitution…FOR THIS VERY REASON…TYRANT HUNTING. DC Police…quit your job or suffer the consequences. My take. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their DUTY, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    7. Seanoamericano on December 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM said:

      Communists, fascists, tyrants, maniacs now democrats can be added to that list.

    8. Sounds to me like somebody in the IT department forgot to “backup” the gun registration database? That’s not my problem! LOL

    9. Charles Meredith on December 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM said:

      The next thing you know, when you buy a gun you will be required to have the serial number of the gun tattooed on your forearm. Dear God, I hope that doesn’t give those people any ideas. It was a joke, guys, a joke, put your ink away. Wait, I just remembered, they have to take your guns away before they can put numbers on your forearm. At least that is the way these people did it last time.

    10. is this new law enforceable? if so, haw can we defeat it without bloodshed? if its not registered then just keep quiet, hide it? we need a lawyer for info, we should as a nation be allowed to stand by the 2nd amendment rights to keep and bear arms without a governments registration permit to own and keep our weapons, amen…

    11. Bob Shell on December 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM said:

      Instead of wasting time complaining on blogs we need to vote the bums out. When you say Democrat that is essentially the same thing as a Communist & you can’t reason with them by using bumper sticker slogans. Our energy should be spent on getting in people who understand the Constitution.

    12. you guys in these anti-gun states need to throw out the garbage that come up with these anti second laws.

    13. The 2nd Amendment has no restrictions. All liberal laws are illegal and must not be obeyed. No registration, taxation or confiscation will be permitted.

    14. justtryit on December 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM said:

      T. Jefferson in one of his most appropriate sentiments said ” The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants; it is it’s own natural manure”! Support and defend the Constitution of these United States against all enemies; both foreign and especially DOMESTIC.

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