Topsail Gun Gal: The gun registry's dark side

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 04:28 PM.

In North Carolina, we are blessed with the state understanding the rights of its citizens, including the right to own and possess a firearm if legally allowed. Though some counties have purchase permits that request the buyer of a firearm fill in the details and send it back to the sheriff — an option I believe since I can’t find a law that supports this action — there is no state gun registry for pistols or long guns.

In New York this week there is a lot of chatter about the new laws coming into effect where New York Police Departments are sending out notices to registered gun owners demanding that they give up their firearms now prohibited by New York’s SAFE Act.

I find this clearly unconstitutional, not to mention most laws are not retroactive and should only apply to future purchases. But don’t worry, the people receiving these letters are given options. First, they can surrender the firearm(s) to the police, second they can remove them from the city limits or third, they can make them completely inoperable. Inoperable? Really? What a strange option.

For those of you unfamiliar with the New York SAFE Act, last January this was passed by State legislature and signed by the governor within 24 hours. OMG, talk about a break-down of the system. This sounds like corruption at its finest and out there in black and white for all to see.

Some of you may be familiar with the SAFE Act feature that bans magazines over 10 rounds and limits magazine capacity to 7 rounds. What about one in the chamber? How does that get counted? How silly.

Another aspect that stirs the pot is the mandatory background check for ammunition.

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