5810753486_4142bc5cb7_mFederal government would reward, or possibly punish, states based on whether they require a license to touch a gun

Democrats have launched an effort to coerce states into imposing gun licensing laws, which would create a de facto national gun owner registry.

The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015 would require Americans to register with the government for a license that includes their fingerprints and photograph to possess any handgun, including one given to them by a family member.

The National Instant Check System (NICS) could easily be used to create a national gun registry, but there are two flaws.

One, by law the records are supposed to be deleted (though there’s no assurance they aren’t being kept).

Second, the NICS system doesn’t cover guns transferred between private parties.

The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act eliminates both.  It creates a permanent national registry of every gun possessor in America.  And it’s mandatory, regardless of whether you buy or are gifted a gun.

The law prods states into forcing residents into gun registries by rewarding them with millions in federal funding.

The danger here is, even if it does not pass Congress, the language could be imposed on states by the Obama Justice Department as a federal regulation.

It’s the same model the federal government used to get states to set their drinking age at 21 years old.  That effort was successful in imposing the federal idea on every state.

According to the bill’s sponsor, Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen:

The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act authorizes a grant program at the Department of Justice to encourage states to establish permit-to-purchase requirements for all handguns, including at gun shows and with private sellers. This grant would help offset the costs associated with the development, implementation, and evaluation of these programs. To be eligible, states must require individuals applying for a license to meet the following criteria:

— Provide proof they are at least 21 years old and a lawful resident of the United States.

— Apply for the license at a law enforcement agency within the state.

— Submit to a background investigation and criminal history check.

— Submit fingerprints and photographs with their application.

— Be eligible to purchase a handgun pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

And if the federal government can reward states with cash for eliminating gun rights, they can easily punish states that don’t.