Local Authorities Creating Gun Registry Databases

Gun Owners' Action League has recently received calls from members who are concerned about a new licensing requirement from some towns. According to the calls some local licensing authorities are requiring applicants, new or renewal, to turn in a complete list of the firearms (make, model and serial number) they own. GOAL would remind our members that there is no such requirement in the law. "This is just another example of how out of control this system has gotten," said Jim Wallace Executive Director of GOAL. "There is absolutely no law that grants local licensing agents the authority to compile any kind of database on what lawful citizens own. It seems that some government agencies in Massachusetts have forgotten that if there is no law or regulation granting a specific authority then the government simply does not have it. Unlike citizens where laws are created to tell us what we can't do, the government's authority only exists when a law states what it can do! Government doesn't have rights, it has limited authority that must be limited to what we the people have granted it." GOAL is urging any of our members who are confronted with this requirement to immediately notify GOAL headquarters and provide us with any documentation if possible.

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