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FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Mags
BearingArms.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | posted by Bob Owens

Posted on 04/19/2014 6:26:53 PM PDT by Daffynition

A Milford man appears to be the first person charged after failing to comply with Connecticut’s law requiring the registration of certain firearms and standard capacity magazines:

A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning.

James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release.

Police were directing traffic in the area of Housatonic Drive when they heard a gunshot nearby, according to the release.

Upon investigation, police said Toigo was taken into custody after finding he had shot the squirrel. Police said they also found an unregistered assault rifle, as well as three large-capacity magazines, in Toigo’s home. Both the firearms and the magazines were taken, the release said.

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Full title: FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Capacity Magazines

Incident raises lots of curious questions. Gun was sighted in well. One shot. One squirrel.


1 posted on 04/19/2014 6:26:54 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
I bet it was a .22 LR "assault rifle."
2 posted on 04/19/2014 6:28:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: Daffynition

W...T...F... Has this world come to? How insane!

Had I read this 10 years ago, I would have thought it to be satire, or an article from The Onion.


3 posted on 04/19/2014 6:29:37 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

My guess is a Ruger 10/22.


4 posted on 04/19/2014 6:30:04 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You know how those pistol grips make firearms more deadly, right?

/sarc


5 posted on 04/19/2014 6:30:45 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: Daffynition

6 posted on 04/19/2014 6:31:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Daffynition; All
"Connecticut Man Faces Charges
For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” "


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7 posted on 04/19/2014 6:31:17 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Daffynition
Americans may sit around seething until about 98% of the guns have been taken away by the feds.

Then we'll decide to do something.

8 posted on 04/19/2014 6:31:47 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: KoRn

I think it was in a housing development. Who knows where that round may go. It was stupid. However, a .22 assault rifle??


9 posted on 04/19/2014 6:32:36 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: KoRn
You used to be able to buy excellent 30-round magazines for the 10/22 at Walmart for $9.99, before Clinton's AWB.

Maybe he had a couple of those.

Or does CT's stupid law consider a 10-round magazine to be "high-capacity?"

Can you imagine how the girly-men cops would have freaked out if he had one of those 30-rounders?

10 posted on 04/19/2014 6:34:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

More like a S&W MP 15-22 I’d guess.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 6:34:25 PM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: TaMoDee
But a .22 LR nonetheless.
12 posted on 04/19/2014 6:36:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: KoRn

Mine too. Ruger finally started making 25 and even 50 (two 25 together) magazines. And they’re great. I’ve got some.
A .22 assault rifle? Incredible. I’m driving around Connecticut if I’m ever in Canada/


13 posted on 04/19/2014 6:36:58 PM PDT by tumblindice (to hell with the US Chamber of Commerce)
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To: Daffynition

Not to mention that he will probably be facing a civil suit by the squirrels law firm: Dewey, Skroom & Howe.


14 posted on 04/19/2014 6:38:49 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Daffynition

The State of Conn would rather jail a 68 Man for shooting a tree rodent than going after some illegal alien who is here illegally, typical Progressive mindset.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 6:38:52 PM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: Daffynition

An air rifle would have been more appropriate.


16 posted on 04/19/2014 6:39:02 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: ClearCase_guy
Americans may sit around seething until about 98% of the guns have been taken away by the feds.

Then we'll decide to do something.

Which is why I ignore the Glen Becks on the right who demand we act like Ghandi.

17 posted on 04/19/2014 6:39:15 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: tumblindice

I love my 10/22! The smaller kids used to shoot it more than I did(until .22 ammo went extinct). I still have thousands of rounds of .22, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to easily replace it, so it just sits in the safe. Now, I’ve promoted them all up to the AR15s, since 5.56 is more plentiful and they seem to enjoy it more anyway.


18 posted on 04/19/2014 6:41:19 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Daffynition

Since when is shooting a tree rat considered animal cruelty?


19 posted on 04/19/2014 6:41:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: KoRn

I’ve heard that Marlin 60’s can hold 17 rounds.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 6:41:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Daffynition
The state has to start somewhere, but hopefully it will backfire.
21 posted on 04/19/2014 6:42:13 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Daffynition
Milford is a suburb - there is really nowhere in that town where you would not be near someone's house.
You cannot just shoot something in your yard in a town like that - it's not the boondocks.
You're just calling undue attention to yourself - killing a squirrel with an AR w/ 30-rd mag? With neighbors watching from a few feet away?
22 posted on 04/19/2014 6:43:14 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: ClaytonP
I'll tell you, whenever I hear a newstory about someone who "snapped" and just lets loose, I'm really, really slow to say, "Tsk, tsk, that's awful".

Because at some point, that sort of thing is going to start up and it's going to save the country -- the country that the Founder's gave to us. If we are automatically opposed to every one of those incidents, we may miss the incidents that really matter. It's not all crazy people, and you never know where Lexington Green may be located.

23 posted on 04/19/2014 6:44:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Daffynition
Police were directing traffic in the area of Housatonic Drive when they heard a gunshot nearby

That's why they sell these:


24 posted on 04/19/2014 6:44:54 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Daffynition

He shot a squirrel and they searched his house? Get out of that NAZI state!


25 posted on 04/19/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Daffynition


26 posted on 04/19/2014 6:46:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Did you look at where this guy lives? House is in a populated area with homes all around. This guy must have rocks for brains to crank off a round there. I’d use a nice .177cal Gamo air rifle, not quite as loud and will get the job done.


27 posted on 04/19/2014 6:47:29 PM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
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To: JoeProBono
Let's get it straight right now. That is a banana magazine not a banana clip.
28 posted on 04/19/2014 6:48:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye
"He shot a squirrel and they searched his house?"

He discharged a firearm in city limits - you can only get away with that in the Inner-city.

29 posted on 04/19/2014 6:48:27 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Daffynition

Gun advocates should immediately blanket the state with information about jury nullification.

Importantly, Connecticut has a weird grand jury law, in which they use an “investigatory grand jury”, which is a judge, judge referee, or three-judge panel. So he is almost guaranteed to be indicted.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/rpt/2002-R-0088.htm

This means that there cannot be a “nullifying grand jury”, and he can only be exonerated by a nullifying trial court jury.

So again, Connecticut needs to be blanketed with references to jury nullification, so that this travesty of the law is smothered in its crib.


30 posted on 04/19/2014 6:48:53 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Psalm 73

I’m just outside the town limits of a small mountain town in the Rockies and the Sheriffs would probably come around and have words with me if I fired a gun outside here. It might result in a fine even. But I don’t think that rises to the level of then searching my home.


31 posted on 04/19/2014 6:52:17 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TaMoDee; timlilje

He shouldn’t have been shooting in a populated area and he deserves to be prosecuted for it, but they charged him with the assault weapon thing too. He’s done the gun owners of CT a favor if the state pursues the assault weapon charges. The only way to get the thing declared unconstitutional is for a case to make it to the USSC. This may be the one.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 6:52:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: KoRn

Even more fun when you can shoot 25 times without stopping!
I suppose we’re all on some Brady Bunch hit list now, dayum.


33 posted on 04/19/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by tumblindice (to hell with the US Chamber of Commerce)
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To: Psalm 73
- you can only get away with that in the Inner-city.

I do understand that as I lived in downtown Albuquerque for a while. lol

34 posted on 04/19/2014 6:53:35 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Fungi
...failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines,

It sounds like he now has standing to sue to get the law overturned on constitutional grounds.

35 posted on 04/19/2014 6:54:50 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Second Amendment First
An air rifle would have been more appropriate.

Legal too. My tactical style air rifle fires at 1200fps. Single shot, break barrel obviously but puts an alloy pointed pellet through 1" of pine board and breaks stuff on the other side. .22LR is about 1350fps. No difference between my .22LR and my .177 air rifle on a river rat eating through my garage siding except the legality of use close to buildings not my own.

36 posted on 04/19/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Daffynition

Google mapped his address.

If he was shooting squirrels in his back yard with any rifle he deserves at least the unlawful discharge of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment charges. Second-degree breach of peace as well if it wasn’t silenced.

No business shooting in a residential area with houses on all sides of his.

I’ll still give him a pass on the registrations because I will not comply there either.


37 posted on 04/19/2014 7:01:11 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Daffynition

I shot the squirrel.....but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.


38 posted on 04/19/2014 7:01:46 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
He’s done the gun owners of CT a favor if the state pursues the assault weapon charges. The only way to get the thing declared unconstitutional is for a case to make it to the USSC. This may be the one.

Exactly. There must be standing of an affected party for there to be a case any court will see. Why do you think CT hasn't charged anyone with violations of this law yet? It's because they know they'll lose the law as it rockets up the courts.

39 posted on 04/19/2014 7:04:47 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: House Atreides

That’s gonna be stuck in my head. Thanks.

I’ll wait and see how this pans out. Reporting and the cops are not to be believed, but if he discharged a firearm in a suburban setting he broke the law. If he’s that dumb, he may have given the police permission to search his place.

Quick google image search turns up a facebook profile that has the sort of photo that gunaphobes will love...pudgy guy in camo with an AR-15 and a thumbs up sign.

The law is unconstitutional as Hell, but this guy may be a pretty poor poster boy for responsible gun owners. We shall see.


40 posted on 04/19/2014 7:10:54 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: wastedyears

The most deadly thing is the “part on the top that goes up” as explained by the anti-gun congress-woman Mc Carthy.


41 posted on 04/19/2014 7:13:09 PM PDT by Lockbar (What would Vlad The Impaler do?)
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To: TaMoDee

Yer correct, anything bigger than a b.b. gun is over kill. I shoot garden destroying rabbits from my patio with a b.b. gun, I would not consider anything bigger.


42 posted on 04/19/2014 7:13:27 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 1 Cor. 13:36)
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To: Daffynition

Find out when the case is going to court and have liberty minded folks volunteer for jury duty or treat this like the OJ trail. Identify the jurors and make it impossible to convict. It’s an opportunity for jury nullification.


43 posted on 04/19/2014 7:16:26 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: smokingfrog

If you miss and hit a cat?


44 posted on 04/19/2014 7:18:37 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: smokingfrog

They’ve got a solid PR firm. What do rats have?


45 posted on 04/19/2014 7:19:14 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Daffynition
GEEZ The first guy they get has a 10-22!?!?!?!?

They're going to destroy what's left of his life over it.

46 posted on 04/19/2014 7:21:11 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SkyDancer

“I think it was in a housing development. Who knows where that round may go. It was stupid. However, a .22 assault rifle??”

He was shooting in town. The rifle he shot the squirrel with was just the one that got their attention. The “assault” weapon was found after searching


47 posted on 04/19/2014 7:21:11 PM PDT by Figment
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To: SkyDancer

There is no mention in the site doc as to where it was. A street address does not mean it is an unlawful area. Of course, the commenters are already saying it was in a residential area. And in many residential areas it is lawful to discharge guns, such as in mine (not CT). Somebody will need to dig out the details. I checked two other sites but not much more than this one.


48 posted on 04/19/2014 7:23:22 PM PDT by SgtHooper (I lost my tag!)
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To: Daffynition

The new gestapo at work with laws that are unconstitutional. America is finished.


49 posted on 04/19/2014 7:25:00 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: SgtHooper

NVM.


50 posted on 04/19/2014 7:25:36 PM PDT by SgtHooper (I lost my tag!)
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