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Connecticut Facist Repression II

Officials in Connecticut Stunned by What Could Be a Massive, State-Wide Act of 'Civil Disobedience' by Gun Owners
Feb. 13, 2014 12:04am | Jason Howerton

On Jan. 1, 2014, tens of thousands of defiant gun owners seemingly made the choice not to register their semi-automatic rifles with the state of Connecticut as required by a hastily-passed gun control law. By possessing unregistered so-called "assault rifles," they all technically became guilty of committing Class D felonies overnight.

Police had received 47,916 applications for "assault weapons certificates" and 21,000 incomplete applications as of Dec. 31, Lt. Paul Vance told The Courant.

At roughly 50,000 applications, officials estimate that as little as 15 percent of the covered semi-automatic rifles have actually been registered with the state. "No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000," the report states.

Needless to say, officials and some lawmakers are stunned.

Due to the new gun control bill passed in April, likely at least 20,000 individual people -- possibly as many as 100,000 -- are now in direct violation of the law for refusing to register their guns. As we noted above, that act is now a Class D Felony.

Mike Lawlor, "the state's top official in criminal justice," suggested maybe the firearms unit in Connecticut could "sent them a letter." However, he said an aggressive push to prosecute gun owners in the state is not going to happen at this point.

Lawlor, the undersecretary for criminal justice policy in the state Office of Policy and Management, also suggested that the legislature should reopen the registration period to encourage more gun owners to register their firearms.

You may recall the viral photo of Connecticut gun owners waiting in line to register their guns in December, which one person said reminded them of the "Weimar Germany."

Republican state Sen. Tony Guglielmo told The Courant he recently spoke to a constituent at a meeting in Ashford, who informed him that some of his friends with semi-automatic rifles are intentionally taking a stand.

"He made the analogy to prohibition," the lawmaker recalled. "I said, 'You're talking about civil disobedience, and he said 'Yes.'"

Guglielmo said he really thought the "vast majority would register."

Other officials think the low registration numbers are due to ignorance on behalf of gun owners who aren't aware of the new law. It's impossible to know the main reason why gun owners aren't showing up to register their guns without hearing from them directly, though Guglielmo's constituent indicates at least some are practicing "civil disobedience."

"Sorting out the number of potential new felons is a guessing game. State police have not added up the total number of people who registered the 50,000 firearms, Vance said. So even if we knew the number of illegal guns in the state, we'd have a hard time knowing how many owners they had," the report concludes.

Comments:

  1. When a law is not followed by 85% of the people the law was designed to control, IT IS A BAD LAW. Legislators fail to understand their true position. Somehow their minds get corrupted once in office and they think that we elected them to GOVERN us. Quite the contrary. We elected them to REPRESENT us. And if they pass a law that we don't like, which 85% of us refuse to follow, then we are telling them through civil disobedience, that they passed a bad law, a law that should be immediately repealed, not enforced. We have the power as long as we are willing to use it.
  2. The same situation happened in California as a result of the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989, and subsequent augmentation in 1999. The result was exactly what you are seeing in Connecticut... massive civil disobedience. Police and responsible citizens alike, rather than register their guns to face potential confiscation at a later time, simply placed their well-oiled semi-automatic rifles, complete with high capacity magazines and thousands of rounds of ammunition up in the attic, ready for any natural disaster, or Rodney King type civil unrest, or a government that finally goes too far. Of course, the criminals did not care about the law, because they don't follow any laws nor do they often use hard to conceal semi-automatic rifles in their crimes, so this law had NO EFFECT on reducing violent crime. It just made millions of (previously) law abiding citizens, outlaws with a disdain for those who think they govern their constituents rather than represent them.
  3. Has anything changed in California? Nothing other than you don't see "assault weapons" very often at the public gun ranges any more, but I'll bet those guns are still in the attics of one out of every three homes in California, ready and waiting for the aftermath of the next big earthquake, or when the welfare checks bounce, or when the State of California or the Feds ever make the big mistake of going door-to-door to try to confiscate weapons.
  4. Connecticut's Gun Grabbers are clueless. They really thought that gun owners would comply? Their plans for gun registration and ultimately gun confiscation are already facing the reality of its doomed implementation. See tomorrow's blog for more proof that gun confiscation will polarize the ranks of law enforcement and create the potential for a New America, one that the Gun Grabbers will not like.