For most of us, this comes as no surprise. This is how they’re going to confiscate guns from people. Through linking the gun registry to their criminal database. California’s been doing this already by linking their gun registry database to their criminal and mental illness database, and now Maryland is following through.
If Maryland’s proposed law is passed, it would allow officials to crosscheck their criminal database with their gun registry, and they’d do it at least twice a year. From the Associated Press:
State law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons if they’re convicted of felonies or any violent crimes, but Del. Luiz Simmons, D-Montgomery, said Maryland State Police lack a systematic way of enforcing this. They can’t use their databases to identify gun owners convicted of crimes.
Simmons is chief sponsor of legislation to make that link.
State Police estimate that if they linked the databases, they would find 10 percent of registered gun owners — about 110,000 people — would be disqualified. They estimate a rate of 1 percent each year thereafter.
Under Simmons’ plan, police would run a systematic check at least twice a year.
The Department of Legislative Services believes it would cost about $300,000 to create the database. The department also anticipates a need for seven new full-time troopers to investigate findings from the new database, with a cost of more than $1 million a year for salaries and equipment.
So there you have it. They’re not so much cracking down on violent criminals so much as gun owners in general. They’ll do it with the support of naïve Americans who think they’re only doing this to keep guns out of the “wrong hands.” Sure, they’ll take guns away from some who’ve committed violent crimes, but they’ll also take innocent and falsely accused people with them. You know how easy it is to commit a felony these days and how often people’s guns get taken away on trumped up charges and claims of mental illness? And not only that, the more violent and experienced criminals are exempt, because remember, they’re not stupid enough to register their guns.
They’re slowly whittling away at the gun-owning population, one step, one law, one excuse at a time.