Just Say No To A National Gun Registry

I was having a discussion with a friend today who, although very liberal on most issues, is somewhat middle of the road when it comes to gun control. He is not against concealed carry, but does favor far more background checks – especially on sales from a private individual to private individual.

He is a bit surprised that I am against this. “Why?”, he asked.

First, let me preface my reasoning with a little information about me. I am not an anarchist. I am not a doomsday prepper. I do not believe we are due for a revolution, certainly not within my lifetime. I like having SOME government (don’t tell my anti-statist friends though). All of these beliefs being so, I must admit that I do fear for the generations that come after my death (I do hope to have at least another 40 years, which would get me into my 80s).

So back to my friend. Why do I disagree with him? Well, it is simple. Background checks on every sale, specifically private individual to private individual, would lead to a nationwide gun registry. I am very much against having one of these.

My friend countered, very proudly I might add, that we must register our cars. Why not our guns? This is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the right to keep and own cars. We all caved on the licensing of cars and drivers about a hundred years ago.

Our founding fathers specifically put verbiage in the constitution allowing us to keep and bear arms. There are different interpretations as to what they meant, but I believe at least part of their reasoning was so that we could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government or those who wish to do us harm.

Do I believe that our government is tyrannical? Well, not quite yet. We are still the most free nation on earth. I do not like to path our country is on, but I do not feel it is to late to right the ship.

Having a national gun registry would lead to forced gun buy-backs or even confiscation during some future crisis (either natural or man-made). Having our abilities to defend ourselves from criminals and/or government listed in a database would be sharing information that is way too personal.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is good at making us believe that being safer (their definition) is well worth giving up a few rights. Forcing people everywhere to register their private, constitutionally protected guns is a bad idea.

I can foresee that guns would even get tied to addresses where their owners no longer live. What if you moved into a home where the previous occupants had a number of guns registered and the police came looking for those folks? We all know that police, most of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you want your home getting shot up because the previous residents had guns listed in the registry?

During a so-called “state of emergency” you can bet some local, state or national governments would make a move to take any weapons that did not reside in the hands of government personnel. It has already happened. See the video below.

I believe it is none of the government’s business if I own a gun (or guns). Yes, I have to do the same background check as anyone else when I buy a new gun. But do you think that having a national registry would keep guns out of the hands of people who could not pass a background check? Not a chance. I believe you would see a lot of gun owners reporting their guns stolen in order to sell their guns to whomever they desire – just as they can now.

When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the government (police or military ) going to be knocking down when they go on their gun collection binges? I’ll tell you – the door’s that are on the addresses contained in the gun registry.

While we do not currently have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they do not like, we do not know what our government will look like in 50 or 100 years. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or a homicidal maniac (I suppose they could be one and the same though).

Starting a national gun registry is the first step to taking guns from people the government does not want possessing guns. Currently these people are felons and those with mental problems. Who might these future gunless people be? People of particular political parties? People of certain economic classes? People of certain religions? It has all happened throughout world history. We pretend to be the enlightened Americans but we have factions that want to take all our freedoms and give all the power to the government just like dictators of past and present we have all heard of.

How does this happen? We have to look at it from two avenues. First the gradual loss of gun rights for everybody through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the complete loss of gun rights for specific groups of people the government has targeted. Imagine a candle burning at both ends. As one end burns, more and more of the governments enemies are specifically forbidden to have guns. As the other end burns, more and more of the general population are getting the remainder of their gun rights taken away as well. When the flames meet in the middle we are left with no guns for anybody, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That is the nightmare of the slippery slope.

You think this has never happened?

1. In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
2. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
3. Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
4. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
5. Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
6. Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
7. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

TOTALS: Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: about 56 million.

But that could never happen in the United States, you say. Well, it has. Just go back to what New Orleans police were doing during Hurricane Katrina. A national gun registry is an unwelcome intrusion into our personal defenses. Even if this database was not open to the public, millions of people that work in government would have access to it. Do you really think you could keep all those people from snooping on their neighbors?

I believe establishing a national gun registry is a major step on the slippery slope to the elimination of gun rights. You can guarantee that a required field on a background check for person to person gun transfers will include one for the gun’s serial number. Do not fall for the “this will make us all safer” nonsense. It will not. It is just another step on the road to the elimination of our gun rights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-taU9d26wT4

Know Your Stun Gun Laws Or Face The Law

Owning a stun gun can be a wonderful means of self defense but it comes with responsibility. Just like many things in everyday life, you need to know the laws. Owning an electric self defense device is no exception. If you don’t know the laws for your location then you will find yourself in a heap of trouble.

My goal today is to give you an in-depth look at the stun gun laws in several states. As far as I know there isn’t a single place you can go to get all the specify areas of legality, including punishment, in one place. So I want to make sure everyone can look at this article and know exactly what to expect when getting an electrical stunning device.

Due to this, the article will be on the long side. To make it easier finding the information you may be looking for, I will put each states name in bold. Also, in each section when available, I will highlight the specific laws in question to enable you to further research them.

The majority of states in the United States allow you to own a stun gun for self defense. There are, however, several that have outlawed them. Below you can find information about states where they are illegal. If you do not live in one of these states then there are no specific laws that outlaw them.

Connecticut

Legal Status: Legal with Restrictions

Relevant Laws: Connecticut Criminal Law Title 53 Crimes, Title 53a Penal Code, Title 54 Criminal Procedure

The first state I want to talk about today is Connecticut. If you live in Connecticut you are lawfully allowed to keep a stun gun in your home or place of business but are not allowed to carry it on you, outside of those locations. In order to carry one on your person you must first be granted a permit to do so.

You are able to get a permit from the following:

From the First Selectman of a town.

The Mayor or chief of police of a city.

The warden of a borough.

When requesting a permit you may need to provide finger prints and agree to a criminal history check. If you’re a felon then you can forget about obtaining a permit. Anyone that has been convicted of a felony is automatically disqualified from gaining a permit. If you are approved for a permit it is VERY important to know that the permit is only for the city/town you received it from. If you travel out of that town with it you are subject to criminal penalty.

Penalties: Being caught with one in Connecticut can result in a maximum fine of $500 and/or a maximum of 3 years in prison.

Washington DC

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: DC Code Ann. Title 6, Chapter 23. Firearms Control. Subchapter I General Provisions 3-2302

If you live in Washington DC, owning a stun gun is not an option for you. They are outright illegal to own, which makes this explanation straight forward. The bottom line is you can’t own one and if you are caught with one you’re in trouble

Illinois

Legal Status: Restricted

If you live in Illinois the process of purchasing a stun gun is very similar, if not identical, to purchasing a firearm.

You must hold a void FOID(Firearms Owners Identification) card which is the same that is required for firearms. The person that sells the stun gun must check your FOID card and keep record of the sale for 10 years. You are required to pass a background check. You will also have to commit to a 24 hour waiting period before you are allowed to complete the purchase.

Once you have legally purchased a one it is important to note that you are not allowed to carry it in a concealed manner. It is meant to be kept at home or primary place of business for self defense purposes.

Penalties: If you are found with a concealed stun gun or carrying it without a license you can be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if you use it one someone in an offensive, non self defense manner, it is considered a non-aggravated Class 4 Felony which can result in up to 3 years in prison. If it is considered aggravated it can become a Class 2 felony which is punishable by 3-7 years in prison.

Hawaii

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Rev. Stats. Title 10, Chapter 134. Firearms Ammunition and Dangerous. Part 1 General Regulations. Chapter 134-1 Definitions.

Hawaii is also another state that has outright banned the sale and possession of them. This means under no circumstances are you legally allowed to have one.

Penalty: If you are found with a stun gun in Hawaii you can be charged with a petty misdemeanor and will have it confiscated.

Massachusetts

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Chapter 140 Sale of Firearms. Section 131J: Sale or possession of electrical weapons. Penalties Section 131J.

If you live in Massachusetts than your not able to own a stun gun. They are another state that has outright banned the ability to possess one. However, being found with one here has steeper consequences than other states. So if you’re thinking about breaking the law and getting one, you might want to rethink that.

Penalties: If you are found with a stun gun in your possession you will receive a fine of $500-$1000 and/or receive 6 months to 2 years in jail.

Michigan

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931. Chapter 750.224a

If you live in Michigan than owning a stun gun is not an option for you. I’ve searched through the laws on Michigan’s Government website and was unable to find the specific penalties for possessing one. Chances are they’re similar to other states so the fact remains, you flat out don’t want to be caught in possession of one.

New Jersey

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: New Jersey Stat. Ann. Title 2C. New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Chapter 39-1, Prohibited weapons and devices.

New Jersey is yet another state that has outright banned the possession of stun guns. That means there are no permits you can receive. Bottom line is, if you are found in possession of one you can face some pretty stiff consequences.

Penalties: If you are found in possess of an electric stunning device in New Jersey you can face a stint in jail up to 18 months and/or a fine up to $7,500. In New Jersey crimes are not classified as Felony or Misdemeanor. They are classified as 1st degree through 4th degree with 1st degree being the most severe. Possession of one is considered a crime of the 4th degree.

New York

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: New York Consolidated Law Book 39, Penal Law. Article 265, Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons 265.00

New York is notorious for having hard laws against weapons. This includes stun guns. They have made it totally illegal to own one. With a population as large as New York it is important to have these hard line laws in place to protect the public.

Penalties: If you live in or travel to New York and have a stun gun you can be charged with a crime of the 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor. This means you can be charged with a fine up to $1000. That’s a pretty bad punishment but it can get worse. If you use any dangerous weapons to commit a crime against another person you can be charged with a class C felony. This means you could be fined up to $5000 along with prison time. The amount of the fine/jail time depend on the specific crime committed.

Rhode Island

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: General Laws of Rhode Island. Title 11, Chapter 47. Statute Subsection 11-47-42.

Rhode Island is yet another state where it is illegal to own or possess one. They also have stiff penalties for doing so.

Penalties: If you are found in possession of a stun gun while in the state of Rhode Island you can receive a fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 1 year in prison. So the bottom line is, don’t possess one while in Rhode Island.

Wisconsin

Legal Status: Illegal

Relevant Laws: Wisconsin Sta. Ann Chapter 939, Crimes – General Provisions. Chapter 939.22, Words and phrases defined.

In Wisconsin it is against the law to own or possess any “Electronic Stun Device”. A big difference in Wisconsin verses other states where they are illegal is the harshness of the penalties for getting caught with one.

Penalties: In Wisconsin, if you’re found with any electronic stunning device you will be charged with a Class E felony. A Class E Felony can carry a maximum fine of $50,000 and/or 15 years in prison. Keep in mind those are maximum figures for a Class E Felony in general. The circumstances involving your specific charge play a role in what you will actually face.

There you have it, an in-depth look at states where you cannot own a stun gun. If the state you live in is not listed above than you don’t have anything to worry about. However, laws tend to change over time so to be safe you should still check with your local police department prior to purchasing a one.

Choosing A Pricing Gun For Your Business

The pricing gun is a very versatile tool, not only helping price up articles for sale, but also helping take an inventory of stock. They come with differing capabilities, and that is important when choosing equipment for your business.

When deciding which price gun to order it is a good idea to find a good supplier offering plenty of choice at a price that your business can afford. One of the best places to check out suppliers is on the internet as this will widen the scope of your search beyond your immediate geographical area.

Having found a good supplier it is then a matter of choosing the product that best meets your business needs. A good supplier will offer as a wide a range of choice as possible, allowing you to match brand price and capability of the product. For instance, should you need to put product dates, batch code and price on the same label, your supplier should be able to sell you a gun that can do that.

When selecting equipment for your business, you should also be able to purchase the necessary accessories from your supplier. There is no sense in buying the gun if you cannot get hold of the accessories. The fact you can buy everything from the same supplier will save you time and effort as well as cost. These accessories will include starter packs, adhesive labels, promotional labels and ink rollers.

The supplier may also be able to provide other products for your business, including till rolls and tagging equipment. Of course, when visiting the supplier’s website, your primary aim will be select the type of equipment which will do the job for your business. The wider the choice offered to you, then all the more likely it is that you will be able to buy the most suitable gun.

As when buying any supplies, it is never about purchasing the first item you see. By carefully assessing what you need, and finding the right supplier, the task of choosing a pricing gun for your business is made all the easier.