Interesting factoid for the gun control advocates: The National Firearms Act of 1934 required the registration of certain types of firearms, specifically real assault weapons, that is, fully automatic machine guns. Miles Edward Haynes was a felon who was charged with failing to register a firearm (an illegal sawed-off shotgun) under the act.
Haynes argued that because he was a felon and thus prohibited from owning a firearm, requiring him to register was essentially requiring him to make an open admission to the government that he was in violation of the law, which was thus a violation of his right not to incriminate himself.
In a 7-1 decision in 1968, the court ruled in favor of Haynes. Afterward, the National Firearms Act was amended to make it apply only to those who could lawfully possess a firearm. This eliminated prosecution of prohibited persons, such as criminals, and cured the self-incrimination problem. Basically, the law reads that only a possessor who lawfully makes, manufactures or imports firearms can and must register them.
The original Haynes decision continues to block state prosecutions of criminals who fail to register guns as required by various state gun registration schemes. As per usual, the law-abiding citizen is on the receiving end of the "fickle finger of fate." Can you say irony? Oh well, so much for the idiotic gun control laws.
Roddy D. Riggs