A full gun ban in the United States is inevitable. In part one of this three-part series, I begin to outline the cultural, legal, and demographic reasons I believe this is the case. Let’s continue looking into the changing demographics of the United States and its subsequent affect on the political landscape.
The Enemy Has A Vote
In my former life as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army, we were fond of saying that “the enemy has a vote”, meaning that our best laid plans were likely to be undone by enemy action. Rest assured, the statists and gun control activists are planning and influencing government, just like we are. The American left is openly discussing how gun registration and confiscation “solved” the gun violence “problem” identified after the mass shooting in Port Arthur Australia in 1996.
I personally cannot stand reading leftist ramblings, but you should maintain awareness of the seriousness with which confiscation is being proposed. Read for yourself here, here, and here. Remember that just 3% of Americans own 50% of all firearms. It’s a big deal to you and me but not so much for the 70% of Americans who don’t own guns of any type. Are 1-2% of us (called “super enthusiasts”) really going to keep the rest of the country at bay indefinitely? We are outnumbered, and it is getting worse.
Bureaucracy – Not Midnight Raids
While an abrupt confiscation scheme is a “statist fantasy”, as summarized here on these very pages by our Editor Mr. Rawles, the left recognizes this fact and will plan accordingly. Rather than shocking the national psyche, they will accomplish confiscation via registration through incremental legislation over time. As we have seen after every major shooting spree, whether real or fabricated, the push for more gun laws is their first instinct. Once the left has solid majorities in government, you can expect Federal law to look a lot like California, and eventually the United Kingdom.
While I agree with the sentiment that many, many Americans will refuse to turn in or register weapons, we can look at our experience with “machine gun” registration for insight into the future. The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) requires the registration of fully-automatic firearms, suppressors, short barreled rifles, and short barreled shotguns. The Gun Control Act of 1968 placed “destructive devices” under the NFA and prohibited the importation of fully-automatic firearms for private purposes. The Hughes Amendment in 1986 prohibited the domestic manufacture of fully-automatic weapons for private ownership.
Violations of the these laws are a felony offense, which can carry a ten year prison sentence, a $10,000 fine, and the loss of the right to own firearms in the future. I would propose that the vast majority of gun owners would not risk the penalty to possess an unregistered NFA item, and for good reason; the rewards aren’t worth the risk. Accordingly, most NFA items were dutifully registered in the various amnesty periods that were offered by the Federal government.
Your Personal Response
Consider your personal response if Congress placed all semi-automatic firearms under the NFA and required immediate registration of these items. You could keep them as long as they were registered and taxed as a Class III item. Would you register them all? What would you do with any unregistered guns? Are you going to risk an armed standoff in the absence of a “revolution”? Are you going to “go down fighting” over this incremental step? Did you know that lying to a Federal Agent is itself a crime punishable by prison time? What will you say when they ask about your neighbor’s firearms? Will he say something about your collection? What would a peek at your browsing history reveal about your interest in firearms? How would you explain a long ago purchase of 1,000 rounds of 7.62X51 without a “registered rifle” on your list?
Once the registration has been accomplished, refusniks will become a law enforcement problem. Do you shed a tear now when some idiot converts an AR into select-fire weapon and gets arrested for doing so? I propose that most “responsible gun owners” will register their weapons, just like their grandfathers did in 1934 and 1968. You will, too.
Take Action Now
Demographics is destiny, and destiny requires action now. The future has already been determined. You may disagree with some or all of my conclusions, but it is my belief that reasonable and fully legal action now is a wise course of action, given the strong possibility that a dramatic change to gun regulation is inevitable. The next section will provide guidance on how to protect your gun collection from future registration and confiscation.
Protecting Your Guns
Here’s the reality (in my view) regarding turning in your guns: you will do it. The government knows what we know; a total and abrupt attempt to confiscate firearms will be a national bloodbath. If only .005% of gun owners get ugly about it, there will be something on the order of 500,000 incidents of active shootings. Some of us (I am a former Army Ranger) will undoubtedly levy an enormous cost upon the forces of confiscation, if such a ham-handed approach is attempted. A meaningful proportion of the police and military forces will align with the citizenry and things will fall apart. Liberals are stupid, but they won’t try this technique. Instead, they play the long game, and so should we. Here’s what to do about it.
Step 1: Determine What Will Be Needed in the Unregistered Collection
Your decision as to what types of firearms will be needed in this dystopian future is dependent on your pet scenario, but it is clear that future gun bans will start with semi-automatic rifles and handguns.
For routine personal protection, nothing beats a handgun for utility and concealment. Your ability to carry in a non-permissive environment will require a handgun that is highly concealable along with the accessories that complete the package:
- A handgun small enough to accomplish “deep concealment”. In a total ban environment, imprinting or accidental exposure of your handgun will result in a prison sentence or a really tough decision at the moment your gun is identified. I recommend a handgun that is very concealable; a single stack magazine, a short barrel that’s 3-3.5” max, and a shorter grip would fit the bill. It could be something like a Glock 43, Springfield Armory XDs, Walther PPS, Ruger LC9s, Kahr CM9, Sig Sauer P290RS, or the S&W M&P Shield. Gallons of ink have been spilled in the gun press about this topic. Just remember to keep the gun small.
- A handgun caliber effective enough to do the job. Even more ink has been spilled in the defense of one caliber over another; however, I will propose that 9mm is the best choice given this scenario. Modern 9mm ammunition at higher velocities carries enough punch to stop an assailant but is small enough to keep the magazine size and gun size concealable. It is common, inexpensive, and is likely to be available in the future as new 9mm weapons are being fielded this year.
- Ammunition that will do the job and last. My recommendation is no less than 200 rounds of self-defense ammunition (hollow point) with sufficient terminal ballistics to be effective against a human. Nickel plated brass will provide longevity during the storage period and reduced friction in the action. It is imperative that you cycle at least 20 rounds of this specific ammunition in the particular firearm you have selected to ensure the two work well together. There will be limited opportunity to test fire handguns in a non-permissive environment, and you cannot assume that all self-defense loads will cycle well in all handguns. Pay cash for this ammunition, and don’t handle it more than necessary. Keep your fingerprints off the rounds and boxes. (I have more on this later, too.)
- Multiple magazines for the concealment handgun, at least three total. Stainless or polymer magazines are preferable, due to their resistance to corrosion.
- A good quality concealment holster that you have already worn for at least 30 days. TEOTWAWKI is not the time to be breaking in a new IWB holster or other carry rig. You must carry your particular rig now, as you intend to in the future, to work out the kinks. Ensure the effectiveness of your carry technique and your weapon’s concealability now. Ensure that you have a belt that works with the rig and spare parts for the holster system. In a future gun ban, it may be difficult or impossible to buy a concealment holster on Amazon.com without attracting the attention of the Matrix. Buy all your needed accessories now, while there is some measure of anonymity. Test it extensively so you aren’t experimenting when the authorities are rounding up “weapons traffickers” in the future.
My personal approach was to simply duplicate my everyday carry system in its entirety and cache the whole system. (I have more on this later, too.) As a concealed handgun instructor, I carry everyday regardless of my situation or clothing. Though I own many handguns, I have settled on a stainless Springfield Armory XDs in 9mm in an Alien Gear IWB holster. After years carrying this rig, I opted to duplicate it (sans paperwork) in its entirety and set it aside for the future.
The most likely candidate for registration and confiscation is the semi-automatic rifle with military characteristics– the “assault rifle” or battle rifle. As such you should purchase one or more in a legal private sale, from an unknown third party, with cash. This rifle should be chambered in a common military caliber– 5.56 NATO, 7.62X51 NATO, or 7.62X39 (to improve your access to ammunition), and be accompanied by a substantial supply of magazines, accessories, and ammunition. Just as with the handgun, you should ensure that your rig is tested, sighted in, and you are capable with the weapon. Don’t forget spare parts, 6-12 magazines, a sling, cleaning kit, lubricants, and an instruction manual. (It might not be you opening the cache.)
This weapon’s cache is a worst case scenario contingency. If you have to dig up a battle rifle, the situation is probably well advanced and has gone pear shaped. Plan accordingly. The cache should consist of the items needed in a full scale military engagement. At least six high quality magazines, 1000 rounds of ammunition, a sling, an optic, and a cleaning kit would be minimum equipment needed under these conditions. If you have to dig it up, you will be doing so under wartime conditions. Plan accordingly.
In addition to the primary weapons systems above, I have included a scoped, bolt action rifle chambered in 7.62X51 (.308) for hunting and long range shooting, a 12 gauge pump action shotgun, and a .22LR semi-automatic rifle. In my specific case I went with a mildly used Remington 700, a Remington 870, and a Ruger 10/22. These are very common firearms in common calibers. Parts and ammunition for these firearms may be easier to come by under a future gun ban.
In each case, I opted for a composite stock and stainless steel (where possible) to prolong the life of the weapon while cached. It took me more than a year to find these specific items from a legal, private party, cash sale. Start trolling the gun shows and classifieds now, because it is less common than you might imagine to find someone who wants to part with an 870 or 10/22!
Tomorrow, we will conclude with part three.
- Preparing for the Inevitable American Gun Ban- Part 1, by Rector
- Preparing for the Inevitable American Gun Ban- Part 3, by Rector (Active on 2/3/18)
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