Skip to comments.Connecticut gun owners revolt: Widely flouted registration law puts legislators in a bind
Posted on 02/22/2014 11:21:49 PM PST by neverdem
Laws are more than just symbolic gestures. Connecticut's General Assembly must come to grips with this truth before its recent effort to save lives ends up destroying them.
State law enforcement officials are now in the difficult position of dealing with one of the most widely flouted laws since the end of the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit and Prohibition. If its really serious, the state will have to find space to imprison 300,000 residents for the next five years.
The first article of the Connecticut Constitution couldnt be more clear. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state, it says.
Busybodies at the Capitol in Hartford decided that every doesnt really mean every, and it banned the semi-automatic rifles that would be most useful in defense of the state. As of Jan. 1, owners of arms that have a menacing appearance had to submit registration paperwork to the state.
Only about 50,000 did so. Theres no way to know how many assault rifles remain unregistered, but the best guess is that the new gun safety law instantly created 300,000 felons.
Eager to exploit the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, easily frightened lawmakers rushed to add yet more hurdles to gun ownership in the state. Those wishing to possess a pistol already had to pay fees, take tests and fill out paperwork to obtain a firearms-purchase permit.
Separate permission from the state was required just to buy ammunition in a process that must be repeated every five years. Bearing arms outside the home requires another permit that the state may, or may not, issue at its discretion...
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Resist!! Do not comply!!
The law is patently unconstitutional and almost nobody is going to comply with it. Perhaps the state legislature and governor will now read the constitution they’re sworn to uphold, defend. ?
Laws are more than just symbolic gestures.
Unless they’re immigration laws...
Just talking to the folks about this yesterday.
People have said enough is enough.
Nicely played. "Set an example" SWAT raids are going to get somebody killed, and the likelihood is that it won't even be a gun owner. None of the players quoted in public, however, seem to be inclined to back off even a single step. And the gun owners don't seem to be inclined to do anything at all in obedience.
What is most amusing about the affair is the surprise and disbelief on the part of the legislators that people aren't willing to give up on a fundamental right simply because the high priests of legislation have waved their magic wand. These guys are King Canutes who (unlike Canute) actually expect the tide to recede at their command. People that disconnected from reality are just the sort to start something that will fill body bags and then contentedly blame somebody else.
the purpose of laws are not to make everyone comply....sometimes its only a leverage...a hammer held over your head...
“The law is patently unconstitutional and almost nobody is going to comply with it.”
Nobody is complying with Obamacare either.
I do tax prep and this year we are asking questions about it.
The reaction (even from those whom this law was intended to help) is pretty much equal to making the sign of the Cross to a vampire: just keep that evil stuff away from me.
Yep. Selective enforcement is usually described as "a tool" for one social campaign or another.
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
As a leader O is about as complete a failure as is imaginable. Regardless of his politics.
The full version of that has a prominent place on my FR profile page.
The State legislature would probably does not even knows what’s even in their state Constitution.
Nah, they'll never take that many alive.
And how is it “we” keep electing such Aholes (washDC and so many state officials too) ???? If we could just stop electing these jerks ......
A legislature that would even consider passing such an anti-American “ law” should not just be put in a bind, it should be imprisoned forthwith.
“As a leader O is about as complete a failure as is imaginable. Regardless of his politics.”
Agreed and well said.
And for this monstrous, monumental, mind-numbing failure the mainstream media is to blame.
May those imbeciles never again become so infatuated with any pol.
My goodness, I imagine they must have laughed at those who loved Huey Long yet they’ve left those people behind in the dust.
I mean, they thought the joke cover of 16 magazine (or whatever it was and whoever did it) which offered a free wall poster of O and quoted him volunteering “I Sing in the Shower” was real.
THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS AND THEY THOUGHT IT WAS REAL!!!
As the folks over at Ace of Spades say: Obama is a stuttering cluster f*** of a miserable failure.
Which he is.
Yet, we are still stuck with him.
Laws are more than just symbolic gestures.
Unless theyre immigration laws...
The left’s Achilles Heel, or so one would think.
The greatest fear of Banksters and Politiclowns is that the sheeple will one day decide they aren’t going to adhere to all the laws passed by the elite.
The big mistake for these so called legislators, media cheerleaders, assorted political hacks, governor, and feral cops: If you hunt WE, the people, to seize and confiscate our property, wrongfully imprison or murder us, then the time will begin for the victims to hunt you down and terminate you with extreme prejudice. Sane people should NOT want to go down this road.
The question becomes whether the political class wants to provoke a civil war? Civil wars are NOT civil and they assume a life of their own. They CANNOT be managed nor can they be contained. The end result is never certain, but the Rule of Law will be the first KIA in this fight.
I suspect the next step the state will do is announce a week-long “amnesty” for those flouting the law to come forth and comply with the registration requirement. That will have essentially the same level of failure as the law’s initial deadline. Even in states like CT, some folks know unconstitutionality when they see it.
Further, that 300,000 estimate doesn’t include the supportive family members of those refusing to register.
Somebody in Hartford needs to read up on what is happening in Ukraine
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Repetition is a good teacher.
I think at this point a mention of the 1986 gun control act might be appropriate. In essence it cracks down on machine guns, by limiting those available for purchase and in so doing virtually BANS those particular weapons. The supply is now so limited and the price so high that it is indeed a BAN and the sooner the law abiding among us fight the unconstitutionality of such the sooner we will all be able to afford what government sought to overregulate and ban with the original NFA of 1934.
“Shall not be infringed” has been going on since at least as long as the NRA has been in existance, and for that the NRA should be taken to task as well.
Indeed it does, and I copied but didn’t paste, although I’m tempted, because repetition is a good teacher.
You have a trove of interesting “stuff”.
They CANNOT be managed nor can they be contained. The end result is never certain, but the Rule of Law will be the first KIA in this fight.
Amen to that MG01.
“If its really serious, the state will have to find space to imprison 300,000 residents for the next five years.”
And HOW many illegal aliens are there?
And HOW many lawMAKERs want to give the lawBREAKERs amnesty?
Can’t we give our own CITIZENs ‘amnesty’ for actually FOLLOWING the law??
Here in the Indy area, we’ve just wasted 8 folks in 12 hours recently!
Surely we’ve made the news out in your neck of the woods.
(Any guesses as to the LEGAL sales of guns that this factoid will generate?)
Go right ahead and TRY to take my money!
We might get to see how important a cop’s paycheck is to him.
In a year we might be saying thank God for Conn. Who would have thought it possible?
Just for my info, how can you make sure you can’t be shot? This is very important to me and I am sure armies all around the world would pay big bucks for this. You could be a future billionaire.
When gun owners start flouting the law like they are illegal aliens or pot smokers it’s time for the government to start worrying, or sending out SWAT teams to enforce their totalitarian requirements.
Low-info, name-recognition voters.
The road to you-know-where notwithstanding, I do not believe 0care was intended by its architects and builders to actually help anyone other than the marxist/socialist Democrat political class.
These patriots' refusals are no different than a jury's absolute right, nay DUTY, to refuse to sanction an unjust and/or unConstitutional persecution.
“This is VERY SERIOUS stuff. In an unltra lib blue state yet.....People have said enough is enough.”
Th proof is in the results at the polls. (Provided that a Progressive isn’t counting the votes.)
Progressives in blue states really can’t bring themselves to vote outside of the comfy Alice-In-Wonderland world they’ve made to fit their maladjusted world view.
They will vote for Progressives no matter what they might
“feel” at the moment of tyranny by their own revolutionary brothers.
What you say about progressives is also true of life long democrats or multi generational democrats. These people are who the progressive organizers count on to reflexively stay “democrat” no matter what.
We all work with some of them or go to church with some.
These are people that would never nominate Obama, vote for socialized medicine, can’t stand the 300% increase in food stamp dependents, feel that the open border crap is suicide, feel that scofflaws abound due to racial games in courts and many other thing that should make them leave the democrat party — but they can’t. They can’t identify themselves as “conservative” or republican.
They have a mindset that to make that change would make them a “bad” person or a person who didn’t “care.”
The progressives love these guys who will ride their pony to the gates of hell.
“What you say about progressives is also true of life-long democrats....”
Democrat or Progressive?
Really no difference these days.
Democrats/Progressives love the obnoxious, psychotic,
adolescent, aggressive, denigrating, demeaning stance of Progressive politicians.
Maybe they they were abused as children and think that Progressive politicians are “protecting” them from a boogeyman. Whatever the case might be, the problem is not the politicians, but those who vote for them, again, and again, and again.
They already gave “amnesty” for a month or so. I think the amnesty period is over. And as you suggested, I’m pretty sure that failed also. The way I see it, their only remaining options are concede defeat before burying thousands of gun owners and SWAT team members, or bury thousands and then concede defeat. The former would probably be less expensive.
Too bad about the 50,000 sheep.
Everyone of the 300,000 should show up on a pre-determined day at the state capital and turn themselves in to be arrested...
That would put an end to this nonsense...
And the Ukes are armed with only motorcycle helmets and bats, knives, chains. They might carry out one or two successful SWATings in CT, but after that, 300K armed with high capacity reach-out-and-touch-someones fighting on their home turf...?
Hopefully reason infects the brains of the legislature and they quietly, and without fanfare, overturn their unconstitutional ban.
State law enforcement officials are now in the difficult position of dealing with one of the most widely flouted laws since the end of the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit and Prohibition. If its really serious, the state will have to find space to imprison 300,000 residents for the next five years. The first article of the Connecticut Constitution couldnt be more clear. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state, it says.
Don’t Connecticut gun owners also have phones and pens? There problem sloved!
This is how fascism works. Pass laws that make everyone felons and then selectively enforce the laws against your political enemies.
I can't believe 50,000 did.
Just channel Earl Warren and FDR; they imprisoned 110,000 Japanese in California in 1942.