I believe a full gun ban in the United States is inevitable. In the first two parts of this article series, I’ve explained why I expect this, through cultural, legal, and demographic trends. Part two discloses the first step for protecting your guns. Let’s move on to the second step in the plan.
Protecting Your Guns (continued)
Step 2: Prepare the Registered Gun Collection
Your Amazon browsing history (now up to 15 years old), your credit card records, your membership in the NRA, your concealed handgun permit, your GPS tracked trips to the gun range, et cetera will provide investigators with clear evidence that you (at one time) were a gun enthusiast. There is no way that you are going to successfully claim that you have “zero” guns to register. Claiming they were all stolen, shipwrecked, or other such nonsense is fun to laugh about, but it isn’t a real strategy. Remember, lying to a Federal Agent is a crime, so you don’t want to do it now or in the future. If they have traced gun purchases to you, it makes sense to still be in possession of the guns when asked. Unless you want to go down shooting right then, have a plan.
- Register several semi-automatic rifles and handguns matching your cached weapons. This provides justification and explanation for accessories, ammunition, and parts that may be in your possession. If you have a Glock 19 and an M4 cached, you should register a Glock 19 and an M4 with the government. It’s an immediate alibi and a believable explanation. It is possible that these “registered” firearms will continue to be usable and transferable in the new system and just like an NFA item now, they will remain usable in the new regime. If all you have is outlaw guns, you won’t want to dig them up to run to range on Saturday. Keep your options open.
- Have a decoy gun collection to turn in when the time comes: single shot .22LR, rusted .38 specials, et cetera. If you are having trouble visualizing what I am talking about, look at what is regularly turned in at “gun buybacks” that the idiots in Chicago routinely hold. I recently bought the remnants of a deceased gentleman’s collection from his feckless heirs; I got eight working guns for $500. Several of these are worth using and keeping; others are going into the decoy collection. If we bury the bureaucrats in rusted crap, they will consume resources and effort to catalog and manage the confiscated arms and may strike your name off the list as having “fully complied”. It’s worth a shot and will be good for a chuckle if nothing else.
- Take advantage of old technology and old guns. It is likely that lever action 30/30’s, single action revolvers, and double barrel shotguns may be regulated less stringently than modern semi-automatic firearms. While I wouldn’t want to go to war with a lever action 30/30, they are still a formidable weapon at close ranges of under 100 meters and can deliver a reasonable rate of fire. The same holds for SKS rifles, Mosin-Nagants, and M1 Carbines. All of these older technologies have a long history of successful use in military conflicts and when properly employed can be highly effective. If nothing else, they can be fun to shoot and won’t scare the pearl clutching liberals as much as black rifles. Don’t forget curio and relic guns, black powder, and modern archery equipment, as they can perform many of the tasks your now “banned” firearms used to perform.
- Consider transferring some of your firearms to a revocable trust or Limited Liability Company so that the legal entity owns the weapons, not you. In the future, it may be illegal to transfer weapons between individuals, even between you and your heirs. Holding the guns in trust may let you get around such limitations to transfer ownership. You can model the trust after an NFA trust widely available on the Internet or through specialty law firms. Once the trust is established and the guns are registered to the entity, it will never die, so the legal status of the firearms won’t change.
Step 3: Legally Acquire the Weapons – Off the Books
The best advice on purchasing firearms (legally) but without a paper trail can be found here, and doesn’t need another telling. In most states, residents who may legally possess a firearm can still purchase one from a private party (not a Federal Firearms Licensee) without any paperwork, background check, or government oversight. This is the famous “Gun Show Loophole” that ties the liberals in knots and its elimination the first order of business for the statists. In order for any registration scheme to work, transfers between individuals without government participation cannot be allowed. Once the ability to anonymously purchase a firearm is eliminated, their confiscation/registration scheme is viable.
I recommend that these paperless purchases be made legally, anonymously, personally, and in cash where allowed by law. I enjoy traveling to gun shows and estate auctions outside my hometown for this purpose. Maintain a digital blackout of your acquisitions; don’t use digital photos, Facebook posts, online accessory purchases, or blog posts about your new firearms. Don’t take them to the gun range (other than to test fire and sight the weapons) or to the gunsmith. (They may have to book it.) In short, avoid any public use or identification of the weapon as being yours. Don’t cerakote it, modify it, or do anything that would make it distinctive to you in any way. Plain Jane is the order of the day for your off-the-books collection. Keep it common and keep it simple.
Step 4: Off-Property Cache
Plenty of ink has been spilled on how to cache weapons and ammunition on these pages – here, here, and here. Some years back the Army issued me a copy of ST 31-205 U.S. Army Special Forces Caching Techniques (Dec 1982), which is now available on Amazon. In my opinion, it is the best and most comprehensive manual on how to cache weapons and equipment, though there are other sources. The key points that I would add, given the chosen scenario are:
- Make sure that you maintain OPSEC while planning and placing your cache. The idea is to tell no one. No one can be interrogated, tricked, or surveilled successfully, if they don’t know the location of the cache or even of its existence. Leave a sealed letter attached to your will with your attorney for your designated inheritor of the cache.
- Keep your fingerprints off the cached items, including ammunition and interior gun parts.
- Place the cache off of your property but in a place that you can monitor without criminally trespassing or jumping through hoops. I personally like to be able to drive by my cache locations and ensure that they remain unmolested without having to hike through the forest in the dark of night. Be creative.
- Distribute your cached material in several locations and never visit them sequentially if you can help it.
- Consider the trigger points that would cause you to pull the items out of the cache. Know the circumstances under which you would need them. You will ostensibly be operating in a non-permissive environment, so plan how the items will be uncovered and transported.
As People Change So Will Laws
Our nation and our people have changed, and our laws will follow. Human nature will not change. It is my belief that our future will be defined by the heavy hand of government. Scripture teaches that a centralized, oppressive regime will rule mankind in the last days.
The armed American patriot is offensive to this worldview that elevates the state above all else. One day we will be declared enemies of the state and will be prosecuted and persecuted to the point of death. The only defense against this inevitability is an armed populous.
Think of Your Future and Your Heirs
Think about your needs and the needs of your heirs in this future world, and take action now to prepare yourself. As Winston Churchill once said:
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.
- Preparing for the Inevitable American Gun Ban- Part 1, by Rector
- Preparing for the Inevitable American Gun Ban- Part 2, by Rector
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
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