A phrase commonly found in news articles about self defense with a firearm is “legally registered”. It is a bizarre phrase, because the requirement to register guns is quite rare in the United States. In an article published on 21 February, 2021, concerning an incident in Pennsylvania, bold added:
“Because if he was getting into my house, I probably would have done the same thing if I had a gun,” neighbor Robert Gonzalez said. “I’m just going to do things a lot safer, look out for myself. Make sure whoever comes, got a look, look at his face, see what’s going on. You know, probably scope him.”
Police say the gun the woman used was legally registered.
Readers of the article would be surprised to know, registration of firearms is illegal in Pennsylvania:
§ 6111.4. Registration of firearms.
Notwithstanding any section of…
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