To Register or Not to Register? Locals Protest Firearm Amendment

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

“Self-defense is our God-given right,” said Washington County resident and business owner, John Deans. “It's our responsibility.”

A tidal wave filled with emotion and for many -- fear -- swept across the U.S. on December 14th has countless people packed gun stores in an effort to take advantage of their second amendment.

“We have to protect ourselves now and every inch that we give away we are opening ourselves up to the possibility of not having guns at all,” said Independence Firearms customer Joi Bodine.

“Protection takes effort, education, practice, and the right tools,” said Deans. “Evil will always have a weapon and we have to focus on the evil not on the tools.”

In the wake of President Obama's latest message to the American people: "Here's what I think we should do. This week I called on Congress to take up and pass common sense legislation that has the support of a majority of the American people; including banning the sale of military -style assault rifles," said President Obama.

John Deans is rallying against a pair of controversial gun control bills he considers quote, “The largest gun-grabbing attempt in the nation’s history.”

One of the proposed amendments would require all gun owners to register their constitutionally guaranteed firearms with the federal government.

A firearms seller must currently submit Form 4473 to the government containing the name, address, driver license information, NICS background check transaction number, serial number and model of the firearm, and a short federal affidavit stating that the purchaser is eligible to purchase firearms under federal law.

“Sporting rifles, we are talking guns that are, ‘one-shot-one-pull’ and it would ban 3/4ths of the guns in here [Independence Firearms] and you would have to register these weapons with a ‘Class NFA’ [National Firearms Act]" said Deans.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, or ATF, nearly all guns used in crimes were originally sold on the legal market. However, loopholes in laws make it easy for illegal gun traffickers to buy guns - or even steal them - and then anonymously transfer them into the hands of criminals and other dangerous people on the secondary market without a trace.

Deans believes that would lead to the surrender and confiscation of guns from the government.

“You cannot register semi-automatic handguns because there have always been confiscation after registration,” said Deans. “If that happens again - let’s say two years from now -- then I guess we're going to have to pick them up, and you’ll have a major problem -- especially in the South."

This week Deans set up a petition in one of the busiest gun stores in the state: Independence Firearms; and his ammo: a ball point pen.

“We will not register them, we will not give them up; we are law abiding citizens and we legally obtained these guns," said Deans.

It's turning heads and garnering signatures -- which Deans says -- will eventually be taken to Congress.

"I'm going to personally hand this to Congressman Michael McCaul and have him use this as one of his tools for his big battle against gun grabbers that are going to try and confiscate our legally-owned firearms,” said Deans.

Deans says the petition will stay put inside Independence Firearms in Washington County until it’s painted with 1,000 signatures.


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