Ron Paul: Congress Is Creating De Facto National Gun Registry

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Ron Paul warns Democrats have just paved the way to ban guns from American citizens

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has warned that Congress is in the process of creating a de facto gun registry, capable of eradicating the Second Amendment rights of Americans. 

The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that will expand the national background check system to require everyone selling firearms, including private collectors, to perform background checks on all potential buyers.

Ron Paul writes:  The bill has a section purporting to bar creation of a national firearms registry. However, the expanded background check system will require the government to compile lists of those buying and selling guns. In other words, it creates a de facto national gun registry.

Similar to the experience with other types of prohibition, making it more difficult to legally buy a gun will enhance the firearms black market. Criminals, terrorist, and even deranged mass shooters will thus have no problem obtaining firearms.

It is no coincidence that the majority of mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones,” where shooters know their targets will be unarmed. This shows that any law making it more difficult for Americans to own and carry firearms makes us less safe. If Congress really wanted to reduce the incidence of gun violence, it would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act. This law leaves children easy prey for mass shooters by mandating that public schools be “gun-free zones.”

A nationwide system of gun registration could be a step toward national gun confiscation. However, antigun bureaucrats need not go that far to use the expanded background check system to abuse the rights of gun owners. Gun owners could find themselves subject to surveillance and even harassment, such as more intensive screening by the Transportation Security Administration, because they own “too many” firearms.

Republican control of the White House and the Senate does not mean our gun rights are safe. Republicans have a long history of supporting gun control. After the 1999 Columbine shooting, many Republicans, including many who campaigned as being pro-Second Amendment, eagerly cooperated with then-President Bill Clinton on gun control. Some supposedly pro-gun Republicans also tried to pass “compromise” gun control legislation after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Neoconservative Senator Marco Rubio has introduced legislation that uses tax dollars to bribe states to adopt red flag laws. Red flag laws allow government to violate an individual’s Second Amendment rights based on nothing more than a report that the individual could become violent. Red flag laws can allow an individual’s guns to be taken away without due process simply because an estranged spouse, angry neighbor, or disgruntled coworker tells police the individual threatened him or otherwise made him feel unsafe.

President Trump has joined Rubio in wanting the government to, in Trump’s words, “take the guns first, go through due process second.” During his confirmation hearing, President Trump’s new Attorney General William Barr expressed support for red flag laws. California Senator and leading gun control advocate Dianne Feinstein has expressed interest in working with Barr to deprive gun owners of due process. It would not be surprising to see left-wing authoritarians like Feinstein work with right-wing authoritarians like Barr and Rubio on “compromise” legislation containing both a national red flag law and expanded background checks.

My years in Congress taught me that few politicians can be counted on to protect our liberties. Most politicians must be pressured to stand up for freedom by informed and involved pro-liberty citizens That is why those of us who understand the benefits of liberty must remain vigilant against any attempt to erode respect for our rights, especially the right to defend ourselves against private crime and public tyranny.


  1. I thought the 1968 Gun Control Act expressly forbade the creation of a gun registry with legal sanctions that included a 10 year prison sentence and $250K fines.

  2. That is why everyone here where i live is going down too the river too keep up on their aim. That is also why they are ready for civil war!!!! Many people i know have many thousands of rounds of ammo , and many guns, and most are Veterans. If they disarm us , then nothing will stop them from rounding us up like cattle., and pls dont think they wont do that!! They already have been showing us for decades how they dont care for us, and yes even go so far as too say that we are nothing more than cockroaches too them!!! Hitlery clinton even called us little squirmy creatures that should be squashed!!! My dad used too work for the Government for decades , and he used too tell me that , ( The government is your worst enemy, they will screw you out of your money, home, job, dignity, pride, and take your family when possible ).No other nation on the earth hate their own people like this one does! If you d
    ont believe me try going too a American Consulate, as a poor citizen and ask for help. Then you will get the TRUE way of what they think of you. As most know i am a Christian, and i never advocate violence , unless, your life is in danger, and when possible only shoot too wound. But, in reality when you are facing a life threatening moment you will do what you have too do. I am prior Military so i know what it means too be afraid when your facing death, and folks, i think we are at that point, as they try too take our weapons, then they can take us!!, but only if we let them!!!! In the meantime im loading up on food, water, ammo etc, but i n the end i Know My God Jehovah will use his Son Jesus too wipe out these corrupt governments once and for all , and establish His Kingdom on Earth. Please read his word daily, even if it seems out of the norm, because it contains Hope, Joy, Peace, a nd a History of Mankind , so we know where we came from. In the meantime Pressure these democraps into conforming too the will of the people!!!!, thats the only thing that will silence them.. gl and GB 🙂

  3. This is a complicated issue and those who defend the 2nd Amendment would benefit immensely by hearing the concerns of women and mothers. When gun ownership is spoken of in the context of protecting constitutional rights, I’m all for it. The sad truth is that most guns are used against women and children in domestic violence situations (or stupid gang violence, neighbors killing neighbors). And then there are the crazy stories about mistaken identity, when a gunslinger shoots a friend or there is an innocent misunderstanding (I know a sound engineer who lost his life in this way). I’m definitely not in favor of this government which we cannot trust preventing sane and competent Americans from defending their civil liberties. However, what I don’t see is those who own guns by and large recognizing what a huge responsibility it is to own one. I wish that there was mandatory training, the same way we all had to take driver’s ed before getting a license. And that learning how to use one should be coupled with anger management classes. I’m serious. Yell at me all you want but the ones who yell the loudest are the ones who are most likely to be making the very mistakes which I describe above. And YOU a*sholes are the reason that gun control has any legs at all.

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