Register Non Gun Owners

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Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as Vermont 's own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

Maslack recently proposed a bill to register non-gun-owners and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state. ThusVermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of Not Owning a Gun.

Maslack read the "militia" phrase of the Second Amendment as not only affirming the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as a clear mandate to do so. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a "monopoly of force" by the government as well as criminals.


Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver's license number with the state. "There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so," Maslack says.

It's about time bills like this are suggested.  Watch the arguments made against it very closely and really listen to what they say and look close at who is making them.  Chances are you'll find most of them are the same people who have no problems pushing for more gun laws and more gun registration fees but they wont like it when the shoe is on the other foot.  If a fee is valid for those who wish to exercise a right then it is just as valid for those who choose not to.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

That amendment favors the argument Maslack makes far more then any argument to limit the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" or fine them for doing so.