Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack Ask for Non-Gun Registration

Got this emailed to me.  I have not been able to confirm that this is true or that it is current legislation.  However, it does seem like a novel idea.  What you thoughts on this?  Which Oklahoma Legislator would author such a bill in Oklahoma next year?

Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont ‘s own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

 Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state.

 Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.

 Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only affirming the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as a clear mandate to do so. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a “monopoly of force” by the government as well as criminals

  Vermont ‘s constitution states explicitly that “the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State” and those persons who are “conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms” shall be required to “pay such equivalent.”


Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable of responding to “any situation that may arise.”

 Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number with the state.

 “There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so,” Maslack says

  Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state .. it’s currently the only state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation

 ” America is at that awkward stage.

It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”

 This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns.

Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way.

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    5 Responses to Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack Ask for Non-Gun Registration

    1. admin says:

      This person has not served in the Vermont Legislature since 2004. But it is an idea to have a debate over.

    2. Kirk says:

      2 Problems with this –

      1) If you create a list of non-gun owners, you are accidently creating a list of gun owners and that’s just dangerous
      2) It’s a damn tax increase

      But I like the sentiment – Non-gun owners are free riders

    3. "gunner" says:

      i live in vermont and i carry a gun, an m1911a1 .45, i don’t mind “carrying” the non gun owners in terms of helping to keep criminals nervous, and them safe. let them have the free ride, it costs me nothing as long as they leave my rights alone. screw with my rights and i’ll do my best to make politicians unemployed.

    4. Chris says:

      Brilliant, not going to actually happen, but a good place to begin a debate from. Well done Rep. Fred Maslack, bravo.

    5. Token says:

      It’s been many times. An armed society is a polite society…

      @ kirk, If everyone is armed it’s a non issue. Tougher to collect then as well.

      If he’s been out of office 7 years it only gains momentum in the wonderful world wide web of wasted time.

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