Connecticut State Police are refusing to tell the industry if the rifles they are designing to comply with the state’s new anti-gun law are in compliance. Instead of giving manufacturers a simple “yes” or “no,” Connecticut State Police would rather play the gotcha game:
State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said his agency would hate to sign off on a gun, only to have one of its components render it illegal on a technicality.
“Are we going to be responsible for that?” said Vance, who became a household name for his many news conferences following the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre. “It’s their responsibility to make sure it conforms to the letter of the law.”
That is easier said than done, according to the firearms community, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association based three miles from where 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman using an AR-15 rifle in Newtown.
“Rather than helping companies that pay taxes in the state, we play gotcha,” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of NSSF. “Why are they so afraid of making a decision? We can only surmise that it’s politically motivated and driven by an anti-gun bias, which the governor clearly has.”
The office of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who signed the restrictions into law last April and is up for re-election this year, characterized its critics within the gun industry as misguided.
“It’s not the job of law enforcement to give a stamp of approval for a company or an individual’s actions,” said Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Malloy. “It’s the job of law enforcement to protect public safety. Instead of trying to figure out ways to get around the common-sense gun laws that were passed last session, gun manufacturers should join the efforts of the vast majority of residents who support having safer communities, free of gun violence.”
In other words, Malloy’s government wants manufacturers to simply quit attempting to make legal guns.
There is never a time where gun prohibitionists cry, “enough.”
They constantly push for more restrictions on the unalienable, basic right to self defense and the most effective tools that make self defense possible, and when those laws—which target inanimate objects instead of evil men—inevitably fail, their answer is to call for even more restrictions. It is a cycle with a clear end-goal: the complete destruction of the right of citizens to bear arms.
We’re seeing this tragedy being played out in vivid color in California, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York, where citizen control laws have been rammed through by anti-gun Democrats in the dead of night that all but strip away the right to own, without specific government knowledge, the very arms most needed to carry out the philosophical goal of the Second Amendment.
Of course, Malloy and his fellow Constitution haters can attempt to strip the rights of citizens… they’re simply refusing to comply.
It turns out that I made a mistake several weeks ago, when I noted that there were more than a million standard capacity magazines in the laughably-named “Constitution State,” of which just 40,000 were registered. Several other sources (including the NSSF) estimate that the number of standard capacity (10+ round) magazines in Connecticut is at least 2.5 million, and perhaps as high as 10 million.
This puts the compliance figure at between .04%-1.6% on standard capacity magazines, and estimates are that 90% or more have failed to register their “assault weapons.”
In New York and Connecticut, citizens are negating blatantly unconstitutional gun laws by simply refusing to comply with them. It remains to be seen if Governors Malloy and Cuomo are dim enough to attempt to force citizens to comply.
Historically speaking, citizens in the region haven’t responded kindly to ham-handed government attempts to confiscate arms.