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Resistance Is Not Futile [Updated Below]

22 January 2013 @ 14:51

On Sunday, I wondered if the ground work was being laid for confiscation of our firearms by the national government.

The state of Connecticut is about to be the first state to do so.

From an alert issued by the National Shooting Sports Foundation [taken from John Richardson’s site, No Laywers – Only Guns And Money; tip of the fedora to Jeff Goldstein]:

Legislators in Hartford are in the process of destroying your Second Amendment rights by exploiting recent tragedies. Gov. Malloy, Sen. Beth Bye, and Rep. Bob Godfrey want outright bans and onerous restrictions on your rights through an enormous number of Anti-Gun Bills. Here are a few of the items included in one of their proposals:

  • An outright ban on ALL modern sporting rifles classifying them as “Assault Weapons.”
  • Restricting your ability to defend yourself and family by arbitrarily restricting the magazine size to 10 rounds.
  • Confiscating ALL magazines holding more than 10 rounds, pistols included.
  • Statewide gun registration for ALL firearms; knowing full well criminals won’t ever register their guns.
  •  Re-registration every 2 years with ever increasing fees.
  • Requires permit for any rifle with a pistol grip.
  • Limiting how much ammunition you can purchase AND possess.
  • Registration of all ammunition purchases.
  • Bans internet sales of ammo in Connecticut.
  • Mandatory gun storage laws, like the one the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in the Heller decision.

There will only be a few opportunities for discussion and opposition as many in Hartford are trying to pass legislation as quickly as possible. The first hearing (and may be the only time to testify) will occur next Monday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building.

Gun Violence Prevention Working Group Public Hearing
Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
Legislative Office Building
 10 a.m., Room 2C

 NSSF is urging all gun owners, sportsmen and hunters to attend Monday’s public hearing to be held in the Legislative Office Building in Room 2C at 10 a.m. and to contact their state representative, senator and all members of the Committee immediately, urging them to oppose knee-jerk reaction legislation.

Find your elected officials here.

If this bill passes, law-abiding gun owners will have to begin surrendering their magazines and possibly modern sporting rifles, or face confiscation by the state police and a felony charge. Again, this proposal would make simple possession of a legally owned firearm or magazine a felony.

This draconian measure will also affect non-gun owners as all Connecticut tax payers will be forced to foot the bill for the extraordinary process of having police confiscate — from law-abiding citizens — AND registration databases.

 Making matters worse, Connecticut manufacturers including Colt, Mossberg, Stag Arms, Mec-Gar, OKAY Industries, Ruger and Metalform will be directly affected by this legislation. That means a loss of jobs and tax revenue to the state.

Here are a few of the other pieces of legislation under consideration:

 HB 5268, SB140 – To require firearm owners to maintain liability insurance and establish a sales tax on the sale of ammunition at a rate of 50 percent and require all ammunition to be purchased in person.

SB 122 – A class C felony offense for any person or organization to purchase, sell, donate, transport, possess or use any gun except one made to fire a single round.

SB 124 – Prohibit the possession of magazines that accept more than ten rounds.

Don’t let legislators trample your rights. Let your voice be heard now.

Do take the time to click here to read the whole alert, which includes phone numbers of Legislators to call.

Well…it appears the reckoning may happen a lot faster than most of us thought.

I have to say that, for decency’s sake, I’m happy it may happen in a single state because, if it happened at the Federal level, a lot more people would get hurt. At least if it happens in one state, the fallout will be minimal — which I know is of no comfort to the law abiding gun owners in Connecticut — but these are the times we live in.

Jeff comments:

It looks to me like many leftist politicians are willing to take the casualties that an insurrection will lead to, confident that they’ll be able to spin the narrative in such a way that those resisting the government are part of a violent fringe element — potential terrorists even, if you believe a recent West Point “study” — if in the end they can finally do away with, under the aegis of “crisis,” the 2nd Amendment as a natural right, rather than a privilege granted and regulated by those who most prosper from such an arrangement. I happen to think they underestimate public resolve, but then, I also thought the public would never have re-elected the cultish demagogue now occupying the Oval Office.

Fifty-one percent of those who voted re-elected Obama, but there’s enough of us, I would say, who are prepared to resist this Tyranny, even though our numbers are much less than a majority of the people living in The United States. Take heart: the same was true for The Founding Fathers.

Nil Desperandum.


UPDATE at 1913…

Another bit of heartening news, this time reported by Fred Dicker of the New York Post:

Assault-rifle owners statewide are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.

Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.

Officials estimate at least 1 million semiautomatic rifles are owned in the state, sources said.

And come April 15, 2014 — when Cuomo is expected to be running for re-election — they all have to be registered with the State Police.

But because the rifles have been legal but unregistered until now, authorities don’t know who has them or where they are located.

State officials will be nervously watching the registration figures to see how many gun owners comply, sources said.

“I believe you will have people stepping forward, saying, ‘Here I am. See? I have what you call an assault rifle. Now come and take it away,’ ’’ said a gun-rights activist and boycott organizer.

That’s exactly what state officials are worried about.

“Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that,’’ said a Cuomo-administration source who added that officials expect “widespread violations’’ of the new law. Owners who refuse to register could face a class-A misdemeanor — punishable by up to a year in prison.

And an owner’s weapon could also be confiscated, which could be worth several thousands of dollars.

Leaders of some of the state’s 300 gun clubs, gun dealers and Second Amendment organizations are organizing the boycott — and the heaviest interest is in Suffolk County, the Capital District and the Buffalo region, sources said.

The organizers point to a little-known guarantee of gun ownership contained in New York’s own “Civil Rights Law,” which was ratified the same year as the Constitution .

The state statute says the right to keep and bear arms “cannot be infringed” — stronger than the Second Amendment, which says it “shall not be infringed.’’

“They’re saying, ‘F— the governor! F— Cuomo! We’re not going to register our guns,’ and I think they’re serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,’’ said State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, a member of the NRA board of directors. “They’re taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they’re taking it away.’’

Godspeed bitter-clinging New Yorkers!

  1. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    22 January 2013 @ 16:37 16:37

    Just off the top of my head, these are some of the firearm manufacturers calling Connecticut home. Colt, Mossberg, Sturm Ruger, PTR Industries, Marlin There may be more than that. conservatively, the industry contributes $1.2 Billion to CT’s economy and provides +/- 2000 jobs. They are constantly being pitched by other states for relocation deals. If this state’s legislators do too much more in the way of restrictions (we already have the 5th strictest laws in the country) I do think we’ll see those businesses flee the state. That will translate into lost revenue and yet higher unemployment in the state and all of that ensuing harm will be owned by the liberal democrats.

  2. 22 January 2013 @ 19:26 19:26

    Excellent posting, Bob!

  3. 22 January 2013 @ 20:03 20:03

    When you drive into Suffolk County out on Long Island. on the Southern State Parkway, you’re in the middle of nothing but trees. Then when you hit the county line there is this gigantic Garrison-size American flag rising up out of the forest. Nothing else.

  4. 22 January 2013 @ 21:44 21:44

    The time has come to clean ’em, oil ’em, and lock and load. Molon Labe!

  5. M. Thompson permalink
    23 January 2013 @ 00:26 00:26

    They have sown the whirlwind. Let them reap it.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      23 January 2013 @ 09:02 09:02

      It will be a bitter harvest.


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