“Requiring registration in the first place to exercise a constitutional right is harassment enough,” Stephen Halbrook, the lead attorney of Heller II, told me.
“Canceling the registration every three years and charging the equivalent of a poll tax to reregister, and requiring citizens to be fingerprinted yet again, adds insult to injury. Criminals in the sex-offender registration system aren’t even subjected to that.”
Sure, but the courts will probably let it stand, thanks to the atrocious Scalia Dicta, which served to render Heller I effectively null and void.
Read them with me again:
“Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”
That is a hole big enough to drive a truck through, and gun-hating jurists and legislators have been merrily doing so ever since.