Joe Huffman points out that it would be a huge waste of law enforcement resources to accomplish this. That’s certainly what Canada found out — even registering their much smaller number of firearms requires a huge amount of resources, and compliance with the mandate in Canada is very low. Compliance rates here would no doubt be even lower.
Canada’s registry costs it about a billion dollars a year. As a percentage of Canada’s total budget, if this were extrapolated to the Budget of the United States, it would amount to about 16 billion dollars. Assuming an average salary and benefits of about 60,000 a year, which is probably generous, this amount of money could be used to put over 260,000 police on the streets. What do you think is going to have a larger impact on crime?
Gun control doesn’t just disarm the law abiding, it also diverts limited law enforcement resources away from traditional crime fighting and community policing to track large numbers of people, the vast majority of whom are never going to commit a crime.