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(Source: Jessica Hill / AP)
CONNECTICUT — Residents are facing a lose-lose situation: announce to the government what specific property they own, or face potentially violent repercussions from the state. Many gun owners are refusing to register their firearms in what appears to be a massive act of civil disobedience, drawing threats from the state.
In the Name of Saving Children
In 2013, Connecticut lawmakers passed Public Law 13-3, a draconian piece of bipartisan legislation that undermines citizen privacy, constricts legal ownership, and bans a number of arbitrary items outright. As of January 1st, 2014, anyone who had failed to register their firearms and firearm magazines with the government could be charged with a Class D Felony.
Those who do not sacrifice their privacy may become criminals for life and face prison time.
The law has been characterized as one of the most restrictive in the nation. It bans over 100 firearm models outright, bans magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, bans certain bullets, and expands the definition of “assault weapon.“ It also prohibits private sales of guns without reporting to the government and creates a database of people denied their rights without due process (medical reasons).
While exempting government agents from the restrictions, it increases the penalties for anyone who breaks these onerous requirements. It also places these individuals into a “deadly weapon offender registry” for life as they suffer as lifelong felons. The state also dedicated $1 million for statewide firearms trafficking task force.
These restrictions on freedom are purportedly designed to prevent school shootings.
By December 2013, citizens were lining up to register their property avoid becoming felons.
“One thing is clear,” said Mike Lawlor, an undersecretary in the state Office of Policy and Management. “If you haven’t registered it, on the following day, it is completely illegal contraband.” That date passed on January 1st, 2014.
Many people complied with the law only out of fear of the government, not because they believed anyone would be safer.
“The law I don’t think is going to stop any crimes,” Connecticut resident Rob Townsend said to WFSB in front of a line of people attempting …read more