Monday, December 07, 2015

Registration Scheme Created Thousands of Instant Felons

In February of 2014, Dan Haar of the Hartford Courant wrote an article, "Untold Thousands Flout Gun Registration Law".  This article highlights the futility of such registration schemes, which serve only to inconvenience law abiding citizens, waste the resources of law enforcement and create felons out of otherwise law abiding people.

Photo by Bill Boylan, Rally at the capital, 20Apr13
Due to the recent calls for more of the same, and worse, outright bans, across the country, Mr. Haar's article bears repeating.  Also worth considering, is how such laws would be enforced, if even they are enforceable; as we know, criminals do not obey the law, and as the article points out, even otherwise law abiding citizens will engage in civil disobedience toward unjust, unconstitutional laws.

It is greatly feared by many gun owners, and non-gun owners alike, that that needless bloodshed could occur if and when the government attempts to forcibly uphold such laws.  Not just the blood of the gun owners, but the blood of law enforcement personnel and that of innocent spouses and their children!

Should it come to that, blood will lie on the hands of
our elected officials who supported enactment of these laws and the law enforcement agents (who violate their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic), who raid the homes of gun owners.

For those who are calling for such measures, I say; be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.

Haar writes:

"Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31.
But few thought the figures would be this bad.

By the end of 2013, state police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates, Lt. Paul Vance said. An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.
That 50,000 figure could be as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents, according to estimates by people in the industry, including the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation. No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000.

And that means as of Jan. 1, Connecticut has very likely created tens of thousands of newly minted criminals — perhaps 100,000 people, almost certainly at least 20,000 — who have broken no other laws. By owning unregistered guns defined as assault weapons, all of them are committing Class D felonies.

"I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register," said Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, the ranking GOP senator on the legislature's public safety committee. "If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don't follow them, then you have a real problem."

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