Why Convicted Felon's Don't/Won't Have to Register Their [Illegal] Firearms

U.S. Supreme Court’s 1968 Haynes v. U.S. decision:

 Haynes, a convicted felon, was convicted of unlawful possession of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun.  He argued that for a convicted felon to register a gun was effectively an announcement to the government that he was breaking the law and that registration violated his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.  The court, by an 8 – 1 margin, agreed, concluding:

 “We hold that a proper claim of the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination provides a full defense to prosecutions either for failure to register a firearm…or for possession of an unregistered firearm.”  (Summary from American Rifleman, March 2000, page 20)

 So, when these gun registration schemes are announced, be aware that only lawful gun-owners are required to register their firearms.  Unlawful owners are exempted from registration laws due to their constitutional protection against self-incrimination.  Amazing but true…