Dems’ bill creating a publicly accessible gun registry called ‘very dangerous’

Dems' bill creating a publicly accessible gun registry called 'very dangerous'

A bill introduced in the House would create a registry to allow the public to easily find out who owns guns and where they keep them. (Associated Press) more > Retired police officers are rallying against a Democratic bill to create a publicly accessible gun registry, saying it puts their lives in danger by advertising how many firearms are in their homes and where they are stored. The legislation, H.R. 127, would create a mandatory registry that lists the names of gun owners, the number of firearms they possess and where they keep the guns. It would require all gun owners to participate in the registry, irrespective of having a law enforcement background. Only current law enforcement would be exempt from the database. “This is very dangerous, especially for retirees,” said Kevin Hassett, president of the Retired Police Association of the State of New York. “Things have gone so downhill with this level of hostility towards cops and we are out there with the label that we are no longer cops. Retired cops don’t have partners or backup. We are out there on our own.” Mr. Hassett stopped carrying a gun after he retired in 2003 but started packing again during rising anti-police sentiment from racial justice protests and riots. His organization’s members are putting pressure on lawmakers to oppose the bill. Some argue that everyone is safer by giving police and the public information about who has guns and where the guns are kept. Opponents of gun registries […]

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