Gun Registration Myth Debunked
OpenCarry.org state by state survey concludes gun registration is largely unknown in America.
Maine – -(AmmoLand.com)-USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- There’s a myth in the mainstream media and entertainment industry that guns are required to be “registered” in the United States, either by the federal government, or the states.
In fact, the opposite is true. Outside of 4 cities (DC, Chicago, Omaha, and Clark County, NV), and 3 states (California, Michigan and Hawaii), gun registration is essentially unknown in America.
In fact only DC, Chicago, and Hawaii register garden variety long guns at all.
See map above and at http://www.opencarry.org/register.html
OpenCarry.org's gun registration map clearly demonstrates that when it comes to gun ownership, the United States is a big sea of gun freedom with just a few rocky shoals of registration. And with the notable exceptions of New York and the cities of DC & Chicago, these shoals are fairly easy for gun owners to safely navigate.
A couple of notes:
- Machine gun and other unusual weapon (e.g., flame thrower) collectors must register their weapons with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and sometimes a state agency if state law requires. Only 9 states and DC ban machine gun ownership, see map at http://www.opencarry.org/machinegun.html
- 3 states (California, Connecticut, and New Jersey) require registration of so-called “assault weapons” which are merely otherwise normal firearms which have been deemed to be cosmetically scary looking by these 3 states because of features like pistol grips and bayonet lugs (they are not machine guns, see note 1 above).
- In 2008 the Michigan House voted to repeal pistol registration but the Senate changed the bill to merely repeal the associated police “safety inspection requirement.”
4. Only New York and the cities of DC & Chicago fail to offer a registration grace period for visitors and new residents.
- Canada is widely expected to repeal their national long gun registration scheme this year.
OpenCarry.org was founded in 2004 by Virginia gun-rights activists John Pierce and Mike Stollenwerk and has served to ignite the “Open Carry Movement” that is sweeping the country. In addition to being an invaluable legal resource for gun owners, the site has quickly grown to be a social networking portal for thousands of American gun owners. Visit: www.OpenCarry.org