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Don’t Register Anything

5th December 2017

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Putting yourself on a registry of people who engage in activities, or own goods, that are even mildly controversial makes you vulnerable to abusive officials.

This is especially true in Blue (i.e. proto-Communist) states.

Like too many jurisdictions, Hawaii requires gun owners to register their firearms. Also like an excess of other control-freaky places, the state requires medical marijuana users to register themselves with the state Department of Health. As it turns out, those who dutifully abide by both requirements find themselves in trouble. Hawaii may allow the use of marijuana for medicinal uses, and even require registration of its users, but the state continues to regard the practice as a violation of federal law. As a result, Honolulu residents who legally complied with requirements that they enter themselves in both registries have received threatening letters signed by officials including Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard.

Federal law restricts the possession of firearms by anybody who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance,” and marijuana remains a controlled substance according to the folks in D.C. That’s enough of an excuse for Honolulu police officials to try to disarm locals who’ve done their best to abide by state gun and marijuana laws.

But it’s not just a Hawaii problem. As Jacob Sullum previously noted, “Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which includes Hawaii, upheld the ATF’s policy of banning gun sales to people who are known to have medical marijuana cards, even if they do not currently consume cannabis.” So putting your name on a medical marijuana registry anywhere has the potential to make it more difficult to legally buy a firearm.

One Response to “Don’t Register Anything”

  1. Cam Says:

    Canadians had a gun registry, originally budgeted for 2 million dollars, hit 2 billion, CGI had the contract. How can a database that would fit in a Excel spreadsheet be worth 2 Billion dollars?
    The conservatives scrapped it, but it doesn’t matter, never saved anyone, licensing is what makes owning a gun in Canada illegal, unless you shoot up a gangster car, with a poorly directed 9mm, but then again, you don’t have a license, so whatever…. it doesn’t matter.
    So you are a taxpaying subject of the crown, and you have a gun license, they can kick down your door anytime to “inspect” your storage.
    My advice to my American friends, don’t give up your castle rights, the criminals don’t care, and they’ll love the helplessness.