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En Masse, Connecticut’s Gun Owners Defy New Registration Law

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“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded,or shall we transgress them at once?”
– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

Looks like there’s a little life in the old Constitution State yet. Per the Hartford Courant:

Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31.

But few thought the figures would be this bad.

By the end of 2013, state police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates, Lt. Paul Vance said. An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.

Apparently, that’s not very many:

That 50,000 figure could be as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents, according to estimates by people in the industry, including the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation. 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.

And that means as of Jan. 1, Connecticut has very likely created tens of thousands of newly minted criminals — perhaps 100,000 people, almost certainly at least 20,000 — who have broken no other laws. By owning unregistered guns defined as assault weapons, all of them are committing Class D felonies.

Read more at National Review Online



Source: http://williamsteaparty.com/2014/02/14/en-masse-connecticuts-gun-owners-defy-registration-law/


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