Since last year’s tragic Sandy Hook shooting, Connecticut lawmakers have “led” the nation in violating their citizens’ second amendment rights!
In Connecticut, the state legislature passed a bill banning so-called “high capacity” magazines (anything above 10 rounds) and semi-automatic rifles with certain prohibited cosmetic attachments.
Anyone who owned a magazine or rifle before the law was passed was grandfathered in, but they were also forced to register these “dangerous weapons” with the state before January 1, 2014. Well, the registration deadline came and went and the registration numbers are quite interesting…
Just like in neighboring New York, gun owners in Connecticut are refusing to register their firearms with the state. These law-abiding citizens became felons overnight when the Connecticut legislature passed a law that arbitrarily outlawed their previously legal firearms. A total of 47,916 people registered their firearms and another 40,000 people registered their “high capacity” magazines with the State of Connecticut by the January 1st deadline. However, that could represent as little as 4% of the total number of “assault weapons” and prohibited magazines owned in the state.
In a massive show of civil disobedience, gun owners have refused to comply with the mandated registration and, as a result, Connecticut’s unjust law has created upwards of 100,000 felons who have otherwise committed no crime!
You see, many gun owners tried to send in their registration forms by the deadline but did not account for the fact that the post office would be closed for New Year’s. This led to a number of registration forms arriving after the deadline. Rather than introduce new legislation to extend the registration window, Governor Dannel Malloy unilaterally decided to extend the deadline for three days. That means that all registration forms received by January 4th would still be accepted.
Well, a few hundred applications still arrived after this second arbitrary deadline and the State of Connecticut has decided to go after these law-abiding gun owners!
A little over two-hundred confiscation notices have been sent to Connecticut citizens who own semi-automatic rifles and prohibited magazines. Rather than treat the late registration forms as applications, the state is treating them like notarized admissions of guilt!
The letters from the State of Connecticut Special Licensing and Firearms Unit reads that because the applicant failed to meet the arbitrary deadline, he or she has one of four options:
1) Render the weapon/magazine inoperable;
2) Sell the weapon/magazine to a licensed dealer;
3) Remove the assault weapon/magazine from the state; or
4) Make arrangements to relinquish the weapon/magazine to a police department.
The ball is now in the gun owners’ court. While the vast majority of gun owners have defied the registration law, those who attempted to register their guns but missed the deadline now find themselves in the state’s crosshairs (pun intended).
The State knows these people possess “illegal” weapons and magazines. It is doubtful that police will just trust that the citizens complied with the order. They will have to go door to door to make sure that these gun owners are in compliance. What happens next is anyone’s guess…
Will the police confiscate the weapons using force? Will the citizens violently resist this infringement on their second amendment rights?
What is taking place in Connecticut – the “Constitution State” – should be a stark reminder to all Americans of just how fragile our Second Amendment rights are!
Barack Obama has made it plainly obvious that he supports an “assault weapons ban” and, if he had the power, I am sure he would institute it using one of those executive orders he is so fond of…
The Supreme Court? It can’t be trusted! Sure, the Court has given second amendment supporters something to cheer about in recent years, but it repeatedly refuses to hear challenges to unconstitutional, liberal gun laws. Even as courts around the country infringe on citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms, the Supreme Court refuses to step in!
Then there is Congress… At first glance, Congress seems to have abandoned the gun control fight. Last year’s failure to pass watered-down legislation in the Senate seems to have revealed gun control to be impossible this term. However, we escaped the last fight by the skin of our teeth. Five more votes in favor of the Manchin-Toomey Background-Check bill would have pushed it through in the Senate. Then we would be forced to count on John Boehner to defend our Constitutional rights. Don’t hold your breath on that one…
The Senate is 5 votes away from passing gun control and the House of Representatives could be only two dozen votes away as well. We cannot become complacent and assume that we have won. The gun control groups are out in force lobbying and pressuring Congress to take up the issue of gun control again.
The truth is that we are one tragedy and just a handful of votes away from expanding Connecticut’s gun confiscation program nationwide!
Americans have a duty to oppose all unconstitutional laws! Be sure to watch the video we posted titled “It can’t happen here” and see why our 2nd Amendment rights are crucial!