The tragedy of Sandy Hook had far reaching effects. Whenever something of that magnitude happens the first reaction of some is to ask “Why?”. The next question usually asked is “How can we prevent this type of tragedy from happening again?”
How did the Connecticut state legislature react to asking those questions? Did they rescind the law that prevents law abiding citizens from carrying on school grounds?
Of course not. Having an armed victim present at the scene of defenseless children would have given the innocent a fighting chance.
Instead they chose to pass “The Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act“.
What did that act do? In short, it did the following:
1) Ban firearms by name and restrict firearm sales based on cosmetic features of the firearms
2) Creates a local database of firearm sales
3) Ban the sale of magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds
While the justification of the act was to “prevent gun violence” (hence the name) as a result of Sandy Hook, we have to ask if that act would have stopped Sandy Hook from happening if it was in place on December 14, 2012 (when the massacre took place).
The answer? A resounding no.
Murder was illegal on December 14, 2012. Did that law stop the shooter from murdering his mother and all the innocent children that day? No.
Criminals are by definition people who do not obey laws. It is a logical contradiction to think that people who by definition don’t obey the law would then magically start to obey the law.
What the proponents of this law would want us to believe would be that someone who is determined to kill his own mother to obtain firearms, and then go and kill innocent children would somehow be stopped in his tracks because the magazine he wanted to use was “too large”.
So if the law wouldn’t have prevented Sandy Hook, what does it do?
In short, it instead creates felons by decree from innocent people. The state of Connecticut has mandated that individuals register their so-called “assault weapons” and magazines over 10 rounds with the state. What happens if you don’t register?
From the law text:
(c) Except as provided in this section and section 24 of this act: (1)
Any person who possesses a large capacity magazine on or after
January 1, 2014, that was obtained prior to the effective date of this
section shall commit an infraction and be fined not more than ninety
dollars for a first offense and shall be guilty of a class D felony for any
subsequent offense, and (2) any person who possesses a large capacity
magazine on or after January 1, 2014, that was obtained on or after the
effective date of this section shall be guilty of a class D felony.
So literally doing nothing results in you becoming a felon.
It gets even more bizarre. Even if you have registered your magazines, you can still run afoul of when you can possess the magazines. Section 24 of the law lists out the further legal nonsense on how you can only possess the magazine at your residence, at your place of business, at a target range, etc as well as how they must be transported:
(6) While transporting the large capacity magazine between any of
the places set forth in this subsection, or to any licensed gun dealer,
provided (A) such large capacity magazine contains not more than ten
bullets, and (B) the large capacity magazine is transported in the
manner required for an assault weapon under subdivision (2) of
subsection (a) of section 53-202f of the general statutes, as amended by
this act; or
(g) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (f) of this
section shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.
Yes, you read that correctly. If you have 10 rounds in a 30 round magazine (such as the type that comes standard with an off the shelf AR-15) that you declared then you are fine while transporting it to one of the “acceptable destinations”.
11 rounds? Guilty of a misdemeanor.
This also raises the question of confiscation. What will happen to people who do not comply with the new law?
According to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services And Public Protection website:
Will law enforcement be going door to door to confiscate unregistered assault weapons or undeclared magazines?
· No, but just like any other item that is unlawful (i.e. contraband) to possess, if an individual is found to be in possession of an unregistered assault weapon or undeclared magazine, they are subject to arrest and prosecution.
If the items in question (magazines over 10 rounds and rifles that have cosmetic features) are such a threat to “public safety”, then why aren’t they going door to door?
What is very important to take away from this discussion is that the gun owners purchased their property (rifles and magazines) legally. These gun owners haven’t infringed upon the rights of others. These gun owners are merely exercising their right to keep and bear arms as recognized by Article 1, Section 15 of the Connecticut state constitution:
Article 1 Section 15:
Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.
Normally it requires someone to do something to become a felon. For instance, a person is presumed innocent but then decides to do something evil and murder someone. They start out innocent, commit the crime, get put on trial and then are found guilty. It is reasonable at that point to infringe upon their rights and punish them.
Note the order: Innocent -> commit crime -> apply due process where the burden of proof of guilt rests on the prosecution -> if found guilty then restrict just the guilty the individual’s rights.
However, in the case of gun control proponents, the order is reversed. The order now goes like this:
Restrict the rights of everyone -> presume everyone is guilty -> do not apply due process -> do not commit any crime -> prove that you are innocent.
Now the question is how will Connecticut deal with those who practice civil disobedience and invoke their right to keep and bear arms?
Stay strong Connecticut patriots. The eyes of the country are on you.