This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Handguns have been registered since 1934, but 58% of over 1,000,000
handguns already registered have just been declared prohibited. Why is
the registration of rifles and shotguns sufficient while the
registration of pistols is nsufficient? Handguns and rifles are both
firearms; they are closely related with one another, not with dogs.
It does not make any sense to compare the registration of rifles to to
the registration dogs when we already have on hand the example of
Legal provisions for the registration of rifles are totally out of
proportion with those pertaining to dog registration.
Failure to register a dog does not entail a 10-year jail sentence and
criminal record. Dog owners are not subject to police searches of their
homes without warrants for the sole purpose of trying to find evidence
of an offense. Dog owners do not have to co-operate in warrantless
searches and cannot be arrested for refusing to do so. Dog owners are
NOT forbidden to obtain legal counsel during the search.
No permit is needed to purchase or acquire a dog. No permit is required
to transport a dog or take a dog for a walk. Dogs are not banned because
of physical appearance. Small dogs are not more strictly regulated than
larger dogs. Dogs are not registered everywhere, and where they are,
registration is quick and easy, available to everyone, and used to
control dogs that tend to run around on their own. Registration of dogs
has not been used to confiscate expensive dogs that have not been used
in criminal offenses.
Coalition For Gun Control fact sheet.