And now the bad news: This measure will have ZERO effect on crime because criminals not only will ignore the measure (because they are criminals, you see) but because they are constitutionally protected from doing so.
The offense charged includes not only the possession of a firearm, but also the failure to register by the defendant himself [emphasis added]. Such registration would clearly incriminate him as he would thereby have to admit that he was in possession of a firearm which he did not acquire in compliance with Section 5851. * * * The indictment by requiring proof that the defendant himself had not registered the gun has applied Section 5851 in an unconstitutional manner [ 357 F.2d at 309].”
But what the hell, it is a good first step, right?