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.

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.

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