Yes, the Connecticut “assault weapon letter” is real.

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We’ve heard claims in recent days that the letter above was “fake.”

New London Connecticut newspaper The Day confirms that Connecticut State Police did, in fact, issue this letter:

The letters are not a warning but rather a notification that their application was rejected, according to state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance.

“It just gives them their options,” he said. “Right now we’re just trying to help everyone abide by the law. There’s nothing more than that.”

The letter offers options on what to do: Render the weapon or magazine permanently inoperable, sell it to a licensed gun dealer, remove it from the state or make arrangements to hand it over to local or state police.

The letters, signed by Lt. Eric Cooke, commander of the special licensing and firearms unit, are being sent out even as the task of sifting through the thousands of applications and declarations continues.

Tensions continue to rise in Connecticut, as the home addresses of the legislators who voted for the ban have been posted on numerous web sites and forums. Many of the legislators are now calling for police protective details, regarding the publication of their home addresses as a threat to their safety.

Mike Vanderboegh, the blogger who helped break the “Fast and Furious” guns smuggling scandal, is reporting signs of dissension within the ranks of Connecticut State Troopers who are worried that politicians and higher level officials within the law enforcement agency are putting their lives at risk.

It’s a bad situation that could get out of control very quickly.  We can only hope that the saner heads in Connecticut’s government realize how grossly they’ve overreached here, and that they will repeal this blatantly unconstitutional law before good people get hurt.