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It would appear that many thousands of gun owners in Connecticut have thumbed their noses at the state’s new gun registration law and have not registered their weapons. This has the Hartford Courant pretty upset.
It’s estimated that perhaps scores of thousands of Connecticut residents failed to register their military-style assault weapons with state police by Dec. 31.
Although willful noncompliance with the law is doubtless a major issue, it’s possible that many gun owners are unaware of their obligation to register military-style assault weapons and would do so if given another chance.
But the bottom line is that the state must try to enforce the law. Authorities should use the background check database as a way to find assault weapon purchasers who might not have registered those guns in compliance with the new law.
A Class D felony calls for a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Even much lesser penalties or probation would mar a heretofore clean record and could adversely affect, say, the ability to have a pistol permit.
If you want to disobey the law, you should be prepared to face the consequences.
So what has the Courant told us about the gun grabbing left?
First, they have admitted that gun registration is the means by which they will find you and punish you.
Second, they have told us that assurances that the background check process is not “backdoor gun registration” is a lie. They call for the use of a database that was intended to be a one time security check to be used as a proxy for registration. A background check isn’t just a background check, it is effectively an illegal firearms registration system.
Finally, they tell us that they advocate using their illegal firearm registration database to hunt down “scores of thousands” of otherwise law abiding citizens, search their premises, take their arms and and put them in prison.
In other words, the Hartford Courant has confirmed every single fear that gun owners have about background checks, registration and confiscation.
The most important agenda item Obama was working on a year ago was reduced to two sentences in the SOTU address last night.
Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters and our shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook. (Applause.)
Think about where this issue was a year ago and then sit back and bask in the glory of the absolute victory for gun rights for the American people. Even with the full on support of the MSM, from CNN’s Piers Morgan and Don Lemon to NBC’s Bob Costas to all of MSNBC and the editorial pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, the gun control movement crashed and burned spectacularly. Last night was its funeral.
Retreating to the space between the SUV and the unmarked car, the officer orders John to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet. “You own a gun,” the officer says. “Where is it?”
“At home in my safe,” John answers.
“Don’t move,” says the officer.
Now he’s at the passenger’s window. “Your husband owns a gun,” he says. “Where is it?”
First Kally says, “I don’t know.” Retelling it later she says, “And that’s all I should have said.” Instead, attempting to be helpful, she added, “Maybe in the glove [box]. Maybe in the console. I’m scared of it. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I might shoot right through my foot.”
The officer came back to John. “You’re a liar. You’re lying to me. Your family says you have it. Where is the gun? Tell me where it is and we can resolve this right now.”
Of course, John couldn’t show him what didn’t exist, but Kally’s failure to corroborate John’s account, the officer would tell them later, was the probable cause that allowed him to summon backup — three marked cars joined the lineup along the I-95 shoulder — and empty the Expedition of riders, luggage, Christmas gifts, laundry bags; to pat down Kally and Yianni; to explore the engine compartment and probe inside door panels; and to separate and isolate the Filippidises in the back seats of the patrol cars.
Ninety minutes later, or maybe it was two hours — “It felt like forever,” Kally says — no weapon found and their possessions repacked, the episode ended … with the officer writing out a warning.
It’s not clear from the article why John was stopped in the first place. Did the cop know he had a CCW permit from another state. If so, that is very disturbing.
One year ago this month, President Obama announced that radical gun control was the top of his agenda for his second term.
Although he failed to get any of the gun bans or government registrations passed on the federal level, he was successful in one area. His actions convinced millions of Americans to buy more firearms than any time in history.
The FBI reported that it performed an astounding 21,093,273 background checks for the year ending Dec. 31. In fact, eight of the top 10 highest weeks ever for National Instant Background Check System (NICS) checks were in 2013 (the other two were during Dec. 2012.)
The checks in 2013 were 8 percent higher than 2012. The one-year increase is significant because the year leading up to the presidential election also saw massive which firearm sales.
Mr. Obama has actually been the best gun salesman in history. NICS checks have gone up a whopping 66 percent since he came to the White House.
Imagine the hoards of ammunition tucked away in every corner of America. In his wildest dreams, Obama will never be as successful selling Obamacare as he has been guns and ammo.
Yet another victory for common sense. Here is the NRA ILA.
Today, Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, ruled that the City of Chicago’s ordinance banning virtually all sales and transfers of firearms inside city limits violates the Second Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional. In his ruling, Judge Chang noted the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” includes the right to acquire firearms.
As the court stated, “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms, and at the same time the evidence does not support that the complete ban sufficiently furthers the purposes that the ordinance tries to serve [protecting its citizens].”
The case was brought against the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers; Kenneth Pacholski; Kathryn Tyler; and Michael Hall, with the strong support of the National Rifle Association.
“Today’s ruling is a vindication of the constitutional freedoms of Chicago’s law-abiding citizens,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Chicago’s continued refusal to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s clear directive in its landmark ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago is unacceptable, and the NRA will continue to challenge the City until it fully respects the right of its law-abiding residents to keep and bear arms.”
There are only five more days until the new gun laws go into effect for our state, that means a dash to register assault weapons or high capacity magazines.
A long line of people stood outside of the Public Safety Building in Middletown all day Thursday to register firearms.
Specifically, anything the state considers an assault weapon or a high capacity magazine must be registered before Jan. 1, 2014.
“If they were trying to make them illegal, I’d have a real issue, but if they want to just know where they are, that’s fine with me,” said Charles Gillette, who was registering magazines.
“I understand why they’re doing it, but I don’t think it’s constitutional,” said Scott Boccio, who was registering guns.
Liberals love it when the government doesn’t enforce various laws. When Obama said he would not enforce federal laws against gay marriage, they cheered. When he said he wouldn’t enforce immigration law they celebrated. When marijuana laws were not enforced, they partied. When Occupy Wall Street protesters weren’t thrown out of parks after they closed, they praised police restraint. They have nary a word of complaint regarding the Administration’s refusal to enforce various aspects of Obamacare. They love nullification of laws they don’t support.
In Colorado, however, the vast majority of sheriffs have said they will not vigorously enforce the state’s new gun grabber laws. What does the left have to say about that? Suddenly they are all about the line-by-line enforcement of every clause of the law.
Here is a selection of comments from the Daily Kos.
Public pronouncement that certain laws will not be enforced spouted by the people charged with enforcing the law is a serious problem. It’s somewhere over near Sedition, IIRC.
The legislature controls the purse-strings. So Sheriff Fusspot can’t find the time to enforce a gun law?WHOOPSEE! I guess the Legislature forgot to send Sheriff Fusspot’s state-funding subsidy. Too bad; so sad….
The rule of law is a fragile thing. And the dangerous truth is that laws, constitutions, etc. in and of themselves are meaningless unless the people that are supposed to live under these laws have faith in them, and unless those tasked with enforcing those laws actually do so.
Is there federal jurisdiction over these sheriffs and if so is it in the normal course of events of only pursuant to a warrant or some such judicial ruling, and in either case what’s to stop the DoJ or ATF from pursuing that option and forcing these sheriffs to do their jobs or face seriously legal action including fines, indictment and the loss of their jobs?
I tire of these little tin-star dictators who seem to think they get to run “their” county like a personal fiefdom.
Simple Solution. The state legislators should respond by cutting off state funds to the Sheriff’s Offices that refuse to enforce state law. When they have a difficult time making payroll, the sheriffs will reconsider their positions.
Gun control advocates acknowledged Sunday that they were disappointed with efforts this year to tighten firearm laws across the country but vowed to continue their fight, including spending millions on their candidates in next year’s elections.
Their comments came one year after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in which 20 students and six adults were fatally shot in Newtown, Conn. However, Congress failed to pass no major gun-control legislation in the aftermath.
“We get disappointed,” said Mark Kelly, who co-founded the gun-control group Americans for Responsible Solutions with wife Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot on the campaign trail in 2011.
The retired astronaut and Navy captain told “Fox News Sunday” the defeat of the so-called, bipartisan Manchin-Toomey Senate gun bill was “not a good day” but that his group plans to spend $25 million in the next election cycle.
Ralphie’s official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle could get him mandatory hard time.
New Jersey and other jurisdictions make little or no distinction between Daisy’s classic Red Ryder BB gun immortalized in the film “A Christmas Story,” and real guns. They must be registered and are subject to the same laws as any firearms.
“In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to request a waiver but if that’s not granted, young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over.”
New Jersey’s strict Graves Act gun law covers possession of a BB gun right alongside serious gun control measures outlawing sawed-off shotguns, filing serial numbers off of guns or using firearms to commit crimes. Violating the act can bring a minimum three-year prison term and steep fines.
I sure miss America.
In September, New York Police officers responded to an emotionally disturbed man causing a ruckus at a Times Square bus terminal by opening fire on him while they were surrounded by crowds and traffic. They missed him and hit two innocent bystanders (one of whom was in a walker). Police said at the time they thought the man, Glenn Broadnax, was reaching for a gun, but he turned out to be unarmed.
Even though Broadnax was not armed, an indictment unsealed Wednesday is charging him with assault for the injuries caused by police gunfire.
I am guessing if I misjudge a non-deadly situation, pull my CCW, shoot at the non-threat, miss and hit two innocent bystanders, my outcome will be substantially different, huh?
Of course I don’t wear the uniform…
It does not end well for carjacker.
They are still not willing to let a perfectly good crisis go to waste. To a leftist, human suffering is an event to be exploited in order to advance political goals.
The political advocacy group born from President Obama’s reelection campaign is encouraging supporters to host “anniversary events” marking one year since the Newtown Elementary School shooting.
Organizing for America (OFA) says it intends the events to be a “powerful reminder of what we lost a year ago, and a reminder that we as a nation need to do more to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe.”
OFA says that the events will be held in towns and cities across the country and will be used to “call on Congress to finally take action to make our communities safer.”
More on Obama’s effort to prop up his political agenda on the graves of children here.
Because of heightened EPA regulations, Doe Run Company’s Herculaneum lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri—the last U.S. smelter of its kind—is closing its doors on December 31, 2013.
Once this happens, the lead for traditional ammunition will have to be imported, thus driving up the price for bullets, shotgun shells, etc.
The Herculaneum smelter has been operating in the same location since 1892. And according to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), “it is the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore,” so once it closes, the only lead smelters left in the nation will be ones that recycle lead from existing items “such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components.”
So says Mayor Bloomberg. Nobody will be doing this at the table at which I will be sitting Thursday. We don’t have those types in my family. If you do, a preview is below the fold.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – the people who administered Fast and Furious – are drafting new gun control regulations. Evidently they are convinced you and I lose track of too many guns.
The Obama administration is working on new gun control regulations that would target stolen and missing weapons.
Police have a hard time tracking firearms that disappear from gun shops, which “just feeds the sort of already large and existing secondary market on guns,” said Sam Hoover, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
It is unclear precisely what the draft regulations, drawn up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and under review at the White House’s regulations office, would do.
The ATF would not comment on the draft rule, since it has not yet been released to the public, but a description provided by the White House asserts that it would target cases where guns go missing “in transit.”
The goals of Ammo Day:
The goal of National Ammo Day is to empty the ammunition from the shelves of your local gun store, sporting goods, or hardware store and put that ammunition in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Make your support of the Second Amendment known—by voting with your dollars!
There are an estimated 75 MILLION gun owners in the United States of America. If each gun owner or Second Amendment supporter buys 100 rounds of ammunition, that’s 7.5 BILLION rounds in the hands of law-abiding citizens!
The gun/ammunition manufacturers have been taking the brunt of all the frivolous lawsuits, trying to put these folks out of business. Well, not if we can help it! And we CAN help it by buying ammunition on November 19!
Here is the story according to the leftist site Think Progress.
On Saturday, nearly 40 armed men, women, and children waited outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a membership meeting for the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun safety advocacy group formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — “pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.” The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of “inciting a riot” and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.
Here is the photo Think Progress used: Gunmen taking up positions.
Think Progress credits the photo with this: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MOMSDEMANDACTION
Here is a comment from the article.
This is simple intimidation. Look at the postures of the gunmen. They are gunmen. This type of behavior is going to escalate as time goes on. These gun people have nothing to do with sportsmen or our outdoor traditions in America. They are thugs. Just like third world political thugs.
The reality is a little less scary.
What if Obama, Feinstein and Schumer had gotten every single gun control measure they were attempting following the Newtown massacre? Let’s suppose they got it all: Assault weapon ban, a ban on magazines over seven rounds, background checks on private sales… all of it. Let’s imagine that it all passed.
Let’s even imagine they they got more than they believed they could in their their wildest dreams. All Americans were required to turn in their so-called assault rifles and magazines over 7 rounds. Let’s imagine that all semi-auto handguns were made illegal. Let’s imagine that ammunition purchases were limited to one box per week. Let’s imagine it was a gun grabber’s wet dream.
Even in a world where that all happened, the Navy Yard shooting would have gone down exactly as it did. Aaron Alexis would have subjected himself to the federal background check at a licenced dealer. He would have bought his Remington 870 hunting shotgun. He would have gone to the Navy Yard and did exactly what he did.
Even if the wildest fantasies of the Obama/Feinstein/Schumer gang had come true last winter, it wouldn’t have done a damned thing to stop the killing this week.
The killing would have continued apace and Americans would be less free, less secure and less American. Gun control isn’t the answer.
What do we know about the Navy Yard shooter?
Two construction workers building a new home told police that Aaron Alexis walked out of a home next door on May 6, 2004, pulled a pistol from his waistband and fired three shots into the rear tires of their parked car.
Alexis later told police he thought the victims had “disrespected him” and “mocked him” earlier that morning after he discovered that his own vehicle had been tampered with. Alexis also told detectives he didn’t remember firing his weapon until about an hour later, according to the police report.
Seattle police said in a statement Monday that detectives later spoke with Alexis’ father, who told police Alexis had anger management problems associated with PTSD, and had participated in rescue attempts on Sept. 11th, 2001.
Aaron Alexis, 34, was arrested in September 2010 after his upstairs neighbor called Fort Worth cops to report that a bullet had been shot into her apartment. The round apparently first traveled through her home’s floor and then the ceiling.
The woman, whose name is not listed in a Fort Worth Police Department report, said that she was “terrified” of Alexis, who had previously confronted her about making too much noise. The neighbor, who was “visibly shaken up” when questioned by police, said that she believed the shooting was “intentional.”
One Navy official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Alexis was discharged in January 2011 for “a pattern of misconduct” and that the 2010 gun incident in Texas played a role in his departure.
Another Navy official said Alexis was given a “general discharge,” a classification often used to designate a blemished performance record. In some cases, a general discharge can make it difficult to land a civilian job.
Officials reported Alexis had “legitimate access” to enter the Navy Yard at the time as a civilian contractor, using a valid pass.
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is reporting Alexis purchased a shotgun in Lorton, Va. during the past week or so.
The suspected gunman appeared to have seized firearms from two of his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.
The suspected gunman shot a security officer in the head, killing him, and took the officer’s 9 mm pistol and a magazine of ammunition. The shooter then continued through the building and seemed to target his victims, who were mostly on the third and fourth floors, Bensen reported.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the Senate’s leading voices on gun control, called for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of Monday’s killings at Washington’s Navy Yard.
The California Democrat said the deaths of the 12 people Monday were at the hands of a man armed with an AR-15, a shotgun, and a semiautomatic handgun, although details of his weapons have not been confirmed.
To summarize, he was a man with a history of gun violence who was a problem child for the Navy yet still had access clearance to the base, was able to pass a federal background check, purchased the type of weapon generally considered most innocuous by the left and used it to take more deadly weapons off his victims. Diane Feinstein thinks this will ignite a gun control process which Newtown couldn’t ignite last winter.
This is how it is done: Corrupt the Constitution starting with the 2nd Amendment.
This is in an high school advanced placement textbook.
The case People v. Alberto Aguilar challenged the state’s Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons (AUUW ) statute. The court ruled that the AUUW statue is unconstitutional, saying that it violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In other words, the right to bear arms applies outside just the home as was the law under AUUW.
In other Illinois news, Chicago makes some changes… against the will of the city government.
On September 11, Chicago’s city council abolished its 45-year old gun registry and the city’s gun permit requirement amid pressure from the Supreme Court and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court Appeals.
In 2010′s McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court ruled against Chicago’s gun restrictions, making it clear that “every city and state must adhere to the Second Amendment.”
Yet the Supreme Court did not specifically lay out what changes needed to take place. That happened in 2012, after the case returned to the 7th Circuit and the justices ruled specific bans “unconstitutional” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision.
As a result of the 2012 decision, Illinois was forced to implement a concealed carry law. According to Reuters, “[this gave] control of gun regulations to the state… essentially nullifying Chicago’s power to require gun owners to register their weapons and have a city firearms permit.”
This was the year, by the way, that Obama put the entire power of the president’s bully pulpit into creating more limits on gun rights. That has to make you smile.
Two Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, including the president of the state senate, were recalled Tuesday in elections brought about by their support for tougher gun control laws.
According to unofficial results, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling state Sen. John Morse, the body’s president, by 51 percent to 49 percent. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo was defeated in her recall election, 56 percent to 44 percent.
The Colorado Republican Party called the vote results “a loud and clear message to out-of-touch Democrats across the nation” in a statement released late Tuesday. Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, said he was “disappointed by the outcome of the recall elections” before calling on state residents to “refocus again on what unites Coloradans — creating jobs, educating our children, creating a healthier state — and on finding ways to keep Colorado moving forward.”
Until a couple of years ago, you had to pass a test. In order to get a concealed carry permit in Iowa you had to pass a target shooting test. You had to get 70% hits on a pie plate sized target at ten meters while reloading once. Obviously that is no longer necessary.
Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people.
The Des Moines Register reports Iowa law doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability.
Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while others have been denying them.
Jane Hudson with Disability Rights Iowa says keeping legally blind people from obtaining weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Somebody needs to ask Jane why denying them a drivers licence doesn’t violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
There is, of course, more to this than meets the eye. It is a concealed carry “weapon” permit. You need it in Iowa to carry a blade of more than five inches, pepper spray above a certain quantity or a stun gun. I have to assume that most of the blind are wanting to carry these types of weapons… which is reasonable. I am guessing if they offered a permit that restricted the blind to these types of weapons, they would still apply.
Maybe you have a few in your pickup cup holder or the ashtray you never use anymore. Maybe a couple in the glove box? If you do, don’t drive into Washington DC. It will get you a year of ass pounding hard time.
Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city’s confusing gun laws.
“Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate,” pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, “Emily Gets Her Gun: … But Obama Wants to Take Yours.”
Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must be carried in a special container and unavailable to drivers. Having one, for example, in a cup holder or ash tray is illegal.
In fact, just play it safe and stay the hell out of DC all together.