CONFIRMED: Gun Confiscation Has Begun In Connecticut
After a letter turned up that had supposedly been sent to gun owners in Connecticut demanding that they turn in or get rid of their weapons, the state officials denied that they had sent it out. Quite notably, they didn’t deny that a letter was ready to be sent out or that the letter that had been made public was real. Well, now the denials have ended and they’re admitting that the confiscation has begun.
Speculation about how the state of Connecticut would respond to the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of gun owners who failed to register their firearms by December 31 ended when the state police sent out this January 2, 2014 letter to all those who registered late, but who in the process gave the state sufficient information to brand them as criminals: name, address, description of weapon or magazine, and date of ownership:
We are returning your application for assault weapon certificate and/or large capacity magazine declaration because it was not received or postmarked prior to January 1, 2014 as required by law.
As a result, you have the following options for your assault weapon …
1. Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable;
2. Sell the assault weapon to a licensed gun dealer;
3. Remove the assault weapon from the state, or …
4. Relinquish the assault weapon to a police department or to the [state’s] Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection….
Lt. Eric Cooke, Commanding Officer, Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
…Update (Feb. 28, 2014 @ 12:10 p.m. EST): In response to concerns that the letter from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection quoted above might be a hoax, The New American called the department to confirm the accuracy of the letter. Lt. Vance of the Connecticut State Police confirmed that the letter is accurate in every respect and was sent out with the date of January 2, 2014.
What Connecticut is doing isn’t just wrong and unconstitutional; it’s dangerous and invites a violent response. If officials move on from just sending out letters to going house to house, to confiscating weapons, both citizens and police officers are likely to die as a result of that decision. That’s not a good thing and no one who loves his country, the Constitution, or the rule of law should hope it comes to that.