As I pointed out in yesterday’s anti-ATF post, the The Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 specifically forbids the federal government from maintaining a database of firearms sales. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ eTrace system is a clear and ongoing transgression of the Act. And now the U.S. Army’s getting into the act. (Or out of it.) “The U.S. Army command at Fort Hood, where Muslim psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly shot and killed 13 people and an unborn child, now is demanding that its soldiers confess whether they have any guns in their off-base homes, what kind of guns they are and what are their serial numbers.” wnd.com says the Army says it’s all perfectly legal . . .
“In this order, battalion commanders were directed to review all privately owned weapons registration. There is not a requirement to register off-post weapons but soldiers are encouraged to do so,” [Christopher Haug Sr., the chief of media relations for Fort Hood] said.
“Commanders and leaders inquire about access to weapons as part of the health and welfare inspection. This is in accordance with Army Regulation 600-20, Army Command Policy dated March 18, 2008,” he said.
But a soldier on base who contacted WND regarding the demand for information about off-base weapons said that’s not the way it was presented to soldiers.
“At the end of the day formation … we were all required to state whether we owned a firearm. Then those that owned firearms were required to have their names put on a watch list that included registration status of the firearms and where the firearms were kept,” wrote the soldier, who asked for anonymity to avoid retaliation.
“The list included those … who live off post in privately owned homes,” the soldier confirmed.
It’s seems astounding that the United States Army doesn’t trust soldiers on a military base to carry a sidearm. As TTAG writer and Afghanistan vet Martin Albright points out, soldiering is a rifle-oriented biz. Even so, the U.S. Army has no more right to keep tabs on its soldiers’ privately held weapons than the ATF has a right to keep a permanent record of yours. Fort Hood massacre or not, let’s not forget who are the good guys and who are the bad guys and why the good guys fight in the first place.