A Milford man appears to be the first person charged after failing to comply with Connecticut’s law requiring the registration of certain firearms and standard capacity magazines:
A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning.
James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release.
Police were directing traffic in the area of Housatonic Drive when they heard a gunshot nearby, according to the release.
Upon investigation, police said Toigo was taken into custody after finding he had shot the squirrel. Police said they also found an unregistered assault rifle, as well as three large-capacity magazines, in Toigo’s home. Both the firearms and the magazines were taken, the release said.
It will be interesting to hear under what conditions police entered the home, and whether they used suspected state databases of gun owners to connect the apparent crime of shooting the squirrel with the ownership of an unregistered rifle and standard capacity magazines.
Folks, it appears we may have a test case on whether the Connecticut ban constitutes an unconstitutional ex post facto law.