On a long enough timeline, gun registration always leads to gun confiscation. And once again, we see that playing out in Estonia, a small first-world country that shares a border with Russia. Given what’s happening in nearby Ukraine to the south, the Estonian government announced that all Russians and Belorusians (those from Belarus) living within Estonia must surrender their guns in the coming days.
If it makes you feel better, think of it as a mandatory version of the “buybacks” commonly held here in America. Only they know what guns you’re to bring, because you were forced to register them.
And if you don’t bring them all?
If the disfavored ethnic or nationality groups fail to “voluntarily” give them up, then Estonia’s government will forcibly remove them. All told, thanks to the official government gun registry, “only” 629 registered of these foreign gun owners will be forced to surrender their firearms.
For some reason the Estonian government feels that 629 registered gun owners poses a “security threat” to their government. Maybe the government there is sort of like the Biden administration that thinks a few hundred unarmed protesters on January 6th was a violent insurrection.
Russian nationals living in Estonia will have their firearms forcibly confiscated by the police if they refuse to hand them over voluntarily under a new law.
The gun confiscation measure will also apply to Belarusians living in the eastern European country.
The government has finalized the details of the bill and it will be put before the legislature, after which it is expected to be voted into law.
Asked if she expected gun owners to comply, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said it was “difficult for her to judge.”
“In any case, we will send this draft law to the Riigikogu during the current government’s term. This has already been agreed upon, and a deadline has been set. We will definitely give time for people to voluntarily hand over their weapons, and after this deadline expires it will be the police’s turn,” she added.
Kallas asserted that due to the “current circumstances,” Russians and Belarussians “with weapons in their hands are a threat to the security of Estonia.”
Between ghost guns and 3-D printed guns, along with who knows how many tens of thousands of unregistered guns no doubt floating around her nation, someone should tell Prime Minister Kaja Kallas that she can’t stop the signal.