After passing new gun laws that are some of the strictest in the nation, Connecticut has proven not to be a friend of the 2nd amendment and the gun owner. While new gun laws will be ignored by criminals, law abiding citizens are trying to figure out how to comply with these new laws even as millions of so called “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” are missing in the state.
And now it looks like even state police are fighting the gun industry. It has been common for gun companies to submit prototypes to police stations to make sure their firearms are in compliance with state laws. After all, they don’t want to waste their money in manufacturing a gun that will only get banned because of a technicality.
But it has been reported that state police are refusing to help Stag Arms make sure it’s modified AR-15 which shoots .22 caliber bullets are in compliance with the state’s laws.
State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said his agency would hate to sign off on a gun, only to have one of its components render it illegal on a technicality.
“Are we going to be responsible for that?” said Vance, who became a household name for his many news conferences following the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre. “It’s their responsibility to make sure it conforms to the letter of the law.”
That is easier said than done, according to the firearms community, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association based three miles from where 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman using an AR-15 rifle in Newtown.
“Rather than helping companies that pay taxes in the state, we play gotcha,” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of NSSF. “Why are they so afraid of making a decision? We can only surmise that it’s politically motivated and driven by an anti-gun bias, which the governor clearly has.”
The office of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who signed the restrictions into law last April and is up for re-election this year, characterized its critics within the gun industry as misguided.
“It’s not the job of law enforcement to give a stamp of approval for a company or an individual’s actions,” said Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Malloy. “It’s the job of law enforcement to protect public safety. Instead of trying to figure out ways to get around the common-sense gun laws that were passed last session, gun manufacturers should join the efforts of the vast majority of residents who support having safer communities, free of gun violence.”
So rather than help a tax paying company stay in compliance with state law, the state police are essentially saying that they just want the gun industry to stop making guns. They have taken an anti-gun stance that is clearly motivated by partisan politics.
Could it be that they are still upset that only a fraction of high capacity magazine owners and so called “assault weapon” owners have registered their guns to comply with new state laws? You can read more on that here.
As gun manufacturers are in the process of retrofitting their AR-15’s to shoot rim fire rounds rather than centerfire, anti-gunners in the state are still upset because they just want this rifle to die altogether. As long as the rifle still looks like an “assault rifle” ( a concept which every anti-gunner misunderstands completely) it will continue to be the distraction that gun control activists love to focus on rather than the criminals who actually want to hurt people.
The gun restrictions will never stop as long as guns are the enemy rather than the criminal. And the ban-happy politicians will never be satisfied as long as freedom and liberty take second place to liberal hyperbole and ignorance.
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