Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) gave a speech on Wednesday, March 10, about the border crisis and gun rights. He also made clear, “The government is never going to know what weapons I own.”
Roy’s statement came during the debate about H.R 8., the Democrats’ universal background check legislation.
To be enforced, universal background checks would require a gun registry, and Roy was openly stating that he would not reveal any details about his guns.
Rep. @chiproytx goes nuclear on Democrats in defense of Americans’ gun rights:
“The government is never going to know what weapons I own. Let me be clear about that. It’s not gonna happen!” pic.twitter.com/4xgd14I5Wm
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) March 10, 2021
After The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, the Obama administration acknowledged the necessity for a gun registry when pushing for expanded background checks:
On Jan. 4, 2013, National Institute of Justice Deputy Director Greg Ridgeway submitted a document that in part said on universal background checks “Effectiveness depends on…requiring gun registration.”
Ridgeway added that “Gun registration aims to: 1) increase owner responsibility by directly connecting an owner with a gun, 2) improve law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from owners prohibited from possessing firearms.”
Gun registration also allows for the monitoring of multiple gun purchases in a short period of time.
The connections between universal background checks and weapons registration illustrate the insidious existence of universal background checks in the first place. They are a single gun regulation that leads to several other controls.