When Connecticut made a new law requiring every gun owner with a state defined “assault weapon” or “high capacity magazine” to register those items with the state, they were hoping to get more than the 40,000 that did so.
Especially considering that estimates put CT residents in possession of such guns and magazines to be in the 1,000,000 plus range, this low turn out has many in the state worried that so many have refused to register their guns.
But when a state tries to push through unconstitutional gun laws it can’t really be too surprised when so many opt for their freedoms and privacy rather than to just trust the state of Connecticut with these registrations.
So rather than make a fool of themselves by tackling this mass civil disobedience that they have created, the state has decided to offer CT residents more time to register their “dangerous weapons”. After all, maybe it was just an accident that these owners of perfectly legal guns and magazines failed to register them with an anti-gun state.
The local Courant is trying to help the state with it’s image problem after this failed plan as well:
Amid concerns about gun owners who failed in their last-minute attempts to register now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, lawmakers are considering granting an amnesty period for people who missed the registration deadline.
The comprehensive gun-control bill enacted last spring required owners of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to register the guns and declare ownership of the magazine if they wished to keep them.
About 50,000 assault weapons were registered last year, and close to 40,000 people declared possession of magazines – many of them doing so during the final days of December. But legislative leaders in recent weeks have raised concerns with the governor’s office that some individuals who attempted to register their weapons were prevented from doing so as a result of early post office closings on New Year’s Eve.
We already wrote about one Connecticut man that was punished for having an “unregistered magazine” after the new law went into effect on January 1st, but can the state really go after the possible hundreds of thousands that have refused to follow the dictates of a horribly unconstitutional law?
It looks like the state is choosing to save face by giving gun owners more time to comply. But more than amnesty is needed. A complete repeal of the law is in order.
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