Connecticut has a lot more criminals this year.
Thousands of Connecticut gun owners are defying a new state law requiring them to register semi-automatic “assault rifles,” making them felony suspects for literally doing nothing, according to Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar.
The law required guns the state classifies as “assault weapons” to be registered by Dec. 31 and their owner to receive a certificate of ownership, leading to lengthy lines of men waiting in line to register their guns or be considered criminals. By the end of the year, state police had processed about 48,000 applications for certificates and had about 2,000 that were incomplete, according to the Courant.
That could be only a fraction of the weapons covered by the law in the Nutmeg State, estimated to range from 50,000 to 350,000, according to the Courant.
As the column puts it:
And that means as of Jan. 1, Connecticut has very likely created tens of thousands of newly minted criminals — perhaps 100,000 people, almost certainly at least 20,000 — who have broken no other laws. By owning unregistered guns defined as assault weapons, all of them are committing Class D felonies.
State Sen. Tony Guglielmo, a Republican and vocal opponent of the gun control law, said a constituent had told him the defiance was deliberate.
“He made the analogy to prohibition,” Guglielmo told the Courant. “I said, ‘You’re talking about civil disobedience, and he said ‘Yes.’ ”
So, how could the state know who those previously law-abiding felons are?
Maybe through those background checks President Obama and other gun-grabbers keep saying are only necessary to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.
State officials could simply compare the background-check paperwork with the gun registration records, see who’s on one list and not on the other, and presto, the names of a bunch of felony suspects are at the fingertips of a gun-grabbing state.
“I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register,” Guglielmo told the Courant. “If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem.”
And you have a lot of criminals.
H/T: The Blaze