This is a logical thought exercise on how I think people at various levels of federal, state, and local governments will respond to attempts at
implementing, and enforcing gun registering, bans, and confiscation.
I believe there is people in positions of power that truly want to rid the US of guns, and other things that can be used as weapons. I also believe
that they won’t achieve their goal.. The question is how far they will get before things break down. They will have gun registration first, which
some may comply with, and support, and then you will have the gun bans which most local authorities and citizens will openly reject.
You may have higher level people in the justice department and ATF that may put resistance to even enforcing such laws. Those people will be quickly
replaced. You will have a good portion of lower level people that will not agree to the plan, so they will either drag out things as slowly as
possible, or flat out screw with the implementation in such a way that it will put a monkey wrench in the system. Depending on how many of those there
is, it may be easy to find out who is causing the problems, and who isn’t. If there is enough, then the higher ups won’t know who is telling the
truth. If there is few, they will quickly be isolate, and replaced.
Depending on how well the federal and local governments implement a registration system, it may speed up, slow down, or totally put off any gun
confiscation plans. Once the people in power think the registration system’s implementation is relatively complete. Then they will start moving
through with ideas, and finally laws, requiring people to turn in certain registered firearms that have been determined to be too dangerous. Or it
will be like the current AWB they are floating that will ban transfers to the point that you will basically have to surrender them to the government
after you die. Anyone that gives them to their children, or sells them will be criminals, along with the people that get the gun.
You will have a portion of the state governors and legislators that will welcome the gun restrictions and bans. And you will have a portion that does
not. The ones that don’t may come in different levels of contempt. Ones that act like they are helping carry out the word of the law, but drag their
feet, and turn in total false numbers, while actually doing nothing. And the ones that tell the federal government point blank to “stick it where
the sun doesn’t shine” The really uppity ones will threaten the federal agents with arrest if they try to enforce any gun regulations in their
You will have some, if not the majority, in the local law Enforcement that will refuse to carry out such activities, as local sheriffs have made
clear, as demonstrated by another thread. That is even if the state governor does support such a gun ban. They will just refuse to comply with the
orders from the statehouse and the federal government. Like California. You have some pro gun sheriffs that will readily hand out CCW permits, while
you have others that have contempt for gun owners. Compliance with, and enforcement of firearms bans would follow along the same lines.
You will also have local prosecutors that would refuse to pursue gun ban violations or the like.
If it just goes to that point, and they push it no further, then you may have a situation where there is a law on the books, but no one (or very few
places) really enforce it. Most of the places across the country would have no enforcement of the law, and people would use the banned guns openly
with no fear of repercussion. You would have sections of the country where the law it “technically” enforced, but no one will actually bother you
unless you carry the banned firearm openly down main street and threaten people with it. You will have areas where it will be partially enforced. In
those areas, as long as keep the firearms inside and hidden, then they are not going to actually raid you house to look for them no mater how much
your neighbor complains to the police that you have them. They just want you to appear to follow the law. And finally, there will be places where the
bans will be fully enforced. They will make searches of houses that people have reported as possibly having such banned items. They will also look
through purchasing record to find the houses that most likely have such weapons and raid them.
It would be about like Canada was when it had it’s gun registry. In the majority of Canada the local mounty would not even attempt to enforce
registry or gun violations. You could have an unregistered gun right in the back seat of the car when they pull you over for speeding, and the mounty
wouldn’t even ask you about it. He would just give you your speeding ticket, and send you on your way. There was only a few parts of Canada where
the gun registry was actually enforced with any vigor.
You may have a situation where overzealous local authorities, combined with willing federal agents may make a raid, or several raids which will cause
an open firefight between citizens, and local people. Depending on how big the localized revolt is, it may be crushed, or it may draw in support from
outside. If it grows to much, then it may prompt the president to declare marital law to bring in troops to settle things down.
If there is no flashpoints, and things stagnate at that level, then the question is, will the federal authorities try and push things any further than
that? It will be obvious to them that no one is actually paying attention to the laws. If they try to send in federal agents into states that are not
enforcing the gun ban to raid houses of people that have obviously got a lot of banned guns, then you may get the local government, and law
enforcement interfering with the situation to some level. They may just obstruct the operation. They may actually try and arrest the federal officers.
If the federal officers actively resist arrest, then you may actually have a situation where there is an open gun battle between federal and state law
Or you may have a situation where local citizens fight the federal agents with the blessing of the local government. If a home owner, or a group of
home owners shoot dead a few federal agents trying to do a banned weapons check, the local authorities may treat it as a justifiable self defense
shooting, and not lay any charges on the local citizens that shot the federal agents. Or they may even show up to help the local citizens shoot the
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