It seems as though I opened up a debate about property rights, while I was just trying to point out a few differences in registration requirements and advantages/disadvantages of state inspections. Like others have pointed out, if registration means that you no longer have ownership, we own very little in this country. Think about it this way -- virtually every citizen of this country has a Social Security number. Does that mean that the Social Security Administration owns each and every one of us? Personally, I worry more about the information compiled and sold by the large database companies than I do about government agencies. The database companies buy and sell information about where you live, where and how you travel, what you buy, how you buy items, credit scores, etc. Maybe the only thing we really don't own is our privacy.
Anyway, as far as bees go, I think registration and regulation makes a good deal of sense. It protects beekeepers and members of the general public. What if you have had a yard of 10 hives in an area for years, the area around the yard can only support about 10 hives, and other beekeeper suddenly sets 100 hives right next to yours? Would you be happy about it? I realize no upstanding beekeeper would do such a thing, if for no other reason that he would realize the area lacks resources to support that many hives, but there are keepers out there who lack the ethics that prevent this type of behavior.
Remember, too, that this is government regulation, and we still have a voice in government in this country. If you don't like the way things are going, be sure to vote for candidates who represent your views. If you're unhappy with the present state of things, keep in mind that the people currently in power have put the laws in place, or at least failed to change the laws already in existence; that means, vote out the ones currently in office.