Thursday, May 12, 2005

Is my Mauser a crime?

There are some articles about a bill put forward that deals with trophy weapons. From what is written it seems a lot of us may be breaking the law, or not.
Veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War could legally register firearms brought home as war trophies under a bill introduced May 4 by Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev.
The bill, HR 2088, allows veterans and their heirs to register firearms that troops were allowed to bring home under U.S. military policy in effect at the time. It would not change existing policy for combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are barred from bringing back any captured weapons.

Called the Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act, Gibbon’s bill applies to firearms brought back to the United States between June 26, 1934 and October 31, 1968. The veterans who brought back the firearms or their lawful heirs would have 90 days to register the guns without fear of prosecution.
I have two Mausers. One is a basic Swede and came over in one of those surplus bulk sales. The other is a Mauser of unknown heritage. Older then dirt and not that many visible markings. Is it illegal? I guess they are trying to imply that ALL firearms brought into the country need to be registered. So does possessing one and being at least the tenth person who has owned it since it was brought into the country make me a criminal? Will there be crowds of people lining the street in front of the local ATFE office wanting to see if they are a criminal?

This just goes to show the impossibility of not being a criminal today. There are so many laws that cover such minutiae that you are likely breaking hundreds a week and we all are felons. People say that if you are innocent that you have nothing to fear from the police. Wrong. We are all criminals and we have everything to fear from the government.

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