Originally Posted by randian
In 1924 there were people who legally possessed heroin. That year, the Feds made possession of heroin a felony. Those people were not compensated for their loss.
What "loss?" I doubt anything was actually taken from anyone just because the law kicked in. The guys who had coke and other drugs sitting around after the date it became illegal, probably just snorted it all then were arrested when they went looking for more. I doubt the feds sent DEA agents to kick down every door in the nation to look for now-illegal narcotics. That would have been a grievous violation of the 4th Amendment, if nothing else.
The guns are a completely different species, as has been pointed out. The analogy isn't "exact," it's terrible.