With only about 15% compliance with Connecticut‘s draconian gun law, fights and bad publicity abound. From a Connecticut State trooper with an obvious control problem to citizens demanding that the law be repealed, they are in this up to their necks with few options left. They don’t have the manpower to go door to door to confiscate guns, and there would be resistance that could lead to bloodshed. What to do?
The group “Connecticut Carry” has dared the Connecticut legislature to either enforce their gun law or repeal it.
“From Gov. Malloy, to Undersecretary Lawlor to DESPP, Commissioner Schriro, and Lt. Cooke of the firearms unit, and including Lt. Paul Vance, the state needs to shit, or get off the pot … The fact is, the state does not have the balls to enforce these laws. The laws would not survive the public outcry and resistance that would occur.” Ed Peruta, Director of Connecticut Carry
Just because it’s contraband, does not mean they’ll give in
CT Governor Malloy says that gun owners will give up their weapons when they realize they are now contraband. The Governor’s undersecretary for criminal justice, Michael Lawlor, said, “They’re going to get rid of them.”
Connecticut Carry scoffs at that attitude. In a press release, the group stated,
“The anti-gun legislators and officials are scared to implement their tyranny because they know that they did not have any sort of ‘consent of the governed,’” states the press release. Now, State officials look down the barrel of the laws that they created, and it is very probably that they now tremble as they rethink the extremity of their folly. Connecticut Carry calls on every State official, every Senator, and every Representative, to make the singular decision: Either enforce the laws as they are written and let us fight it out in court, or else repeal the 2013 Gun Ban in its entirety.”
A reporter for Guns.com spoke with Rich Burgess, President of Connecticut Carry, about what the state is doing. This is his response:
“Rich Burgess: The state works by ‘boiling the frog’ and making small, incremental moves so as not to get people too angry too fast. It would not serve the purposes of the state for people to see all the grandparents, veterans and hard working people being rounded up in huge swaths. Many people don’t realize that the State of Connecticut has been confiscating firearms, in ways that we feel are both despicable and unlawful, for over a decade now. We have caught them both confiscating firearms and sending letters threatening arrest for failure to surrender firearms several times without the legal authority to do so. That means that the State of Connecticut is quite the expert in ‘boiling the frog’ with unlawful confiscations and actions against gun owners without going to the extreme of APCs rolling down the streets and kicking in grandpa’s door. If they decide to roll out the APCs and go door to door, we win the public opinion. They cannot risk that.
Mr. Burgess went on to say, “The only good way to fight bad laws is by challenging their enforcement. We don’t buy in to large facial challenges that take decades, cost millions and (especially in our District) go nowhere. We are on the street level, working one on one with the residents of Connecticut.Connecticut residents that chose to comply with the arbitrary edicts of the windbags in the Connecticut Legislature have registered their modern sporting rifles and they should be fine until the state takes the next step and uses registries for what registries are good for: Confiscation. We don’t see that happening for quite a while. Remember, we have elections coming up. The ones that did not comply will now have to live with the threat of arrest hanging over their heads. Our hope is that everyone in Connecticut, and in the great states that have been showing their very generous support so far, will keep coming together to help us build an organization with a legal defense fund that will continue to push back one case at a time.”
The court of public opinion
One case at a time. And Connecticut Carry is correct, any mass confiscation would push public opinion against the state leadership in an election year. Perhaps if the citizens of this state give enough of a bloody nose to those who passed the law, they can stop the runaway gun control train. Don’t cave, Connecticut! The group’s website is here.