Gun registry - will U.S. follow Germany's lead?

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Chad Groening (

A pro-gun organization is concerned that President Obama and other liberal "gun-grabbing" politicians may try to do what Germany has just started and create a vast gun registry.

handgun with clip and ammoGermany has just implemented a registry that includes every legal gun owner in the country, along with information about all of his or her firearms. German authorities were able to compile the database based on records that in some cases were kept on index cards across what used to be 551 local registries.

Mike Hammond is legislative counsel to Gun Owners of America. He says the German gun registry has done nothing to deter crime there.

"They essentially have very strict gun control, and yet it hasn't solved their crime problem," he tells OneNewsNow. "And incidentally, there are probably more illegal guns in Germany now than legal guns. So as a result of that, their national gun registry is going to do no good."

But Hammond says gun owners in America should look at the German gun registry program with a great deal of trepidation.

"It would be a very short step [here] to do what Germany did -- take those file cards and turn them into a national system of firearms registration," he adds.  

Hammond contends government gun registration would make it much easier for the government to confiscate firearms.   

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