Skip to comments.FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Mags
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 Connecticuts 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 Toigos home. Both the firearms and the magazines were taken, the release said.
(Excerpt) Read more at bearingarms.com ...
Incident raises lots of curious questions. Gun was sighted in well. One shot. One squirrel.
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.
My guess is a Ruger 10/22.
You know how those pistol grips make firearms more deadly, right?
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Then we'll decide to do something.
I think it was in a housing development. Who knows where that round may go. It was stupid. However, a .22 assault rifle??
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?
More like a S&W MP 15-22 I’d guess.
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/
Not to mention that he will probably be facing a civil suit by the squirrels law firm: Dewey, Skroom & Howe.
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.
An air rifle would have been more appropriate.
Then we'll decide to do something.
Which is why I ignore the Glen Becks on the right who demand we act like Ghandi.
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.
Since when is shooting a tree rat considered animal cruelty?
I’ve heard that Marlin 60’s can hold 17 rounds.
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.
That's why they sell these:
He shot a squirrel and they searched his house? Get out of that NAZI state!
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.
He discharged a firearm in city limits - you can only get away with that in the Inner-city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even more fun when you can shoot 25 times without stopping!
I suppose we’re all on some Brady Bunch hit list now, dayum.
I do understand that as I lived in downtown Albuquerque for a while. lol
It sounds like he now has standing to sue to get the law overturned on constitutional grounds.
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.
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.
I shot the squirrel.....but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.
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.
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.
The most deadly thing is the “part on the top that goes up” as explained by the anti-gun congress-woman Mc Carthy.
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.
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.
If you miss and hit a cat?
They’ve got a solid PR firm. What do rats have?
They're going to destroy what's left of his life over it.
“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
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.
The new gestapo at work with laws that are unconstitutional. America is finished.