A Greenwich, Connecticut man has been charged with 49 counts of failure to register so called “high capacity” magazines along with a few other charges after police searched his home and vehicle.
Edward Koller, is not exactly an exemplary citizen and has had his driver’s license revoked along with having the state of Connecticut revoke his pistol permit last February. However, this is one of the first instances where a CT resident has been charged with failing to register these “high capacity” magazines, and with 49 of them in his house and home I’m sure media outlets would call this an “arsenal”.
Police confiscated a semi-automatic rifle and 49 magazines after they responded to a medical situation at Koller’s home. Due to privacy laws we don’t know the nature of the medical situation, but when police arrived they found Koller in his car with guns, ammo, and magazines.
According to greenwich.patch.com,
Edward A. Koller, 34, of 53 Stonehedge Dr. South, was taken to Greenwich Hospital as a result of that medical call. Privacy laws prohibit police from commenting on the nature of that medical call, Gray said.
“Officers responded to a medical call relating to Mr. Koller. As a result of that contact and previous contacts with him, officers determined he had a weapon in the motor vehicle,” Gray said. “He was taken to the hospital. After officers obtained a search warrant, they found other weapons.”
Police obtained a search and seizure warrant that day and seized a Bushmaster XM 15 assault rifle and 49 high capacity magazines from his home, as well as anabolic steroids and a small amount of suspected cocaine, Gray said. “They are contraband items in Connecticut,” Gray said.
After the seizure, officers applied for an arrest warrant. Koller surrendered at police headquarters at 6:45 a.m. Monday, May 5. He was charged with 49 counts of failure to register high capacity magazines, and one count each of possession of narcotics, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of an assault weapon and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
We will keep an eye on this story and see how it plays out. Since Koller is not clean as the driven snow you can look for anti-gunners to use this as an example of a gun owner gone crazy, but nothing yet indicates that Koller looked to do anything nefarious with his firearms, and we aren’t yet sure what justified the search warrant by police in the first place.
A gun grab like this makes the “high capacity” law look justified in the eyes of the anti-gunners. They know that going after a perfectly law abiding citizen who happens to have unregistered gun magazines after the unconstitutional gun laws were passed in CT would cause the gun community to cry, “foul”. Go after a guy like this who has a tainted record and all is right in the world of gun grabbing.
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