- Dec 11, 2011
- People's Republik
The point Len refers to, that's been upheld since at least the 18th Amendment, is that once a thing is declared contraband, there's no taking involved. So, IFF they actually succeeded in any outright ban, the state has no responsibility to reimburse you for the things you have no legal right to possess. See: opiates...Well, if there's a buyout, and the person doesn't take it, then yeah, it's likely null, but up front there's still a takings issue. ATF deals with this all the time
when dealing with gun laws. For example it couldn't confiscate everyones entire aikins accelerator stock, so they only asked for the springs I think, or stated that the springs cannot be installed in the stock. Doubt anyone was going to take the ATF to court over 5 bucks or whatever they cost. But they still avoided stealing
the entire stock. In the past we got amnesty NFA registrations and stuff like that.
I don't think full out confiscation is ever a realistic prospect, I could easily see shitbirds trying to add semiautomatic rifles to the NFA
though, to phase them out over time, in a USC 922(g) hughes amendment type of law.