Is Connecticut one step away from gun confiscation?

Earlier this month, shared a remarkable story out of Connecticut involving thousands of gun owners defying new state gun control laws. Anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 gun owners in Connecticut became Class D felons overnight after failing to register their semi-automatic rifles with the state of Connecticut as required by a hastily passed gun control law last year. The deadline for registration was January 1, 2014, and it looks like the state is now taking some action.

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According to TheBlaze:

Officials are reportedly notifying gun owners who submitted late applications that they have one last chance to get rid of their “illegal” weapons.

State officials did accept some gun registration applications that were submitted after the Jan. 4 deadline, however, not all late applications were accepted, the Journal Inquirer reports.

“But rather than turn that information over to prosecutors, state officials are giving the gun owners a chance to get rid of the weapons and magazines,” the report adds.

So gun owners who actually tried to register their guns and magazines, intentionally late or not, are now on the state’s radar for owning guns that became illegal overnight. Owning an unregistered semi-automatic rifle or high-capacity magazine that was legal prior to Jan. 3 is now a class D felony under the new law.

The Capitalism Institute appears to have obtained a copy of the notarized letters Connecticut officials are sending:

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What is most incredible about the gun laws is the way they are being retroactively enforced. There appears to be no grandfather clause to exempt once legal gun owners, which is an eerie precedent to set.

“It’s like we’re told over and over again: The target of these laws… [are] the ‘bad guys,’” Stu said. “But you’re turning millions of law-abiding, good people who do these things the right way into criminals… without their knowledge…  You got to believe a lot of people in Connecticut had no idea that they went from legal to illegal because the calendar changed.”

There are a good number of people who probably did know about the change of law and chose to defy it anyway, but it is really semantics at this point. When you consider what Attorney General Eric Holder recently told a group of state attorneys general, it is clear this country is headed toward lawlessness.

“As Eric Holder said when he was talking to the AGs around the country: ‘Well, you have to think about this and use your heart. You know. Sure, we have been a Defense of Marriage Act, but we’re not going to enforce that one because what’s right and just trumps law.’ Oh, does it, Eric? Does it,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “I guess I feel the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. And I know what the Constitution says… This is what happens when you pick and choose laws. There is no rule of law anymore.”

  • Bonnie Somer

    THIS IS HOW THE HOLOCAUST BEGAN WAKE UP AMERICA HITLER IS IN THE WH AND HIMMLER IN THE DOJ

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    So this is just how liberals get around the second Amendment because the people do not want to give up their guns? I mean really this is so blatantly a gun grab you might as well put the Communist seal on it as well.

  • CrapsDealer

    Dear Lt. Eric Cooke and the State of Connecticut,

    Thank you for your request. I have read said request and considered all of my options, but found none suitable for my consideration. Therefore, I offer this counter proposal. Here are your options for your consideration…

    #1 – Go (blank) yourselves!
    #2 – Go (blank) yourselves!
    #3 – Go (blank) yourselves!

    or

    #4 – Go (blank) yourselves!

    Very Sincerely,
    John Q. Public

    PS – Before reaching your decision, I suggest you read the Constitution while paying close attention to the 2nd Amendment.

  • Anonymous

    How long before what is happening in Conn. spreads to other states…. California would take our weapons in a heartbeat… They have been doing everything they can to make semi-automatics illegal. So far they have not banned them but that could be next.

  • Anonymous

    HEY, CT gun owners…. DON’T TURN THEM IN…the State cannot jail 100,000+ of its citizens without collapsing the States economy, even if they have the logistical means to do so! A “class D” Felon for this? I would be so proud! On another note, wouldn’t it be great if the revolution to regain constitutional law began IN “THE CONSTITUTION STATE”!!!

  • Deckard426

    They should dig up Connecticut, pile it on top of California, and hope the Big One takes the whole stinking mess under the Pacific Ocean.

  • CrapsDealer

    I think we’ll see a lot of armed, out-of-state patriots swarming into Connecticut to assist these law-abiding gun owners.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Glenn, WTF? I set up to watch this report, and got a 30-second commercial … in SPANISH. Hey, Glenn, this is America … if you want to advertise to Spanish-speakers, why not change the language of your broadcast to Spanish, too.

    Look, I’ve got nothing against immigrants – my zip code is 49 % Hispanic, which means I do business with immigrants and second/third generation Hispanics every day. But we do business in English, this being America.

    Did Texas go back to Mexico?

    Ned in Vegas

  • Anonymous

    What fool would register with the government? The government created an entire class of criminals from those who were perfectly legal the day prior to implementation of this law. Now, they are proving what they are all about. They are using the registrations to find who owns weapons. Those who made the mistake of compliance are going to pay a serious price for attempting to be compliant with a law that should be challenged all the way to the supreme court.

    By the time the leftist vermin infesting the highest echelons of government manage to finally commit an act so heinous that their constituents HAVE to wake up, it will be too late. In my opinion, the people of Connecticut have already given up their rights to even EXERCISE their rights because they were all too ready to mock those who told the truth-that this registration process would be utilized to find and criminalize gun owners legally exercising their rights. Good luck with that.

  • Anonymous

    Get rid of Democrats and keep your defense weapons!

  • Anonymous

    America better wake up. This is just another test bed for complete gun control. What they are suggesting is doomed for failure. Get all registered guns from their citizens only to leave the criminals total freedom to spread more crime with all their illegal guns. I bet the state doesn’t have a clue where or how many illegal, unregistered guns there are in Connecticut.

  • Anonymous

    But the Leftists are doing this for our good (LOL!). If they do this there will be no more Sandy Hook incidents. It will be hard to register your gun in CT because of course, the murderers are rushing to register their weapons as we speak so everyone else will just have to wait in line!

  • Billy Bob

    I live here in Commienecticut and am staying on top of what is happening as much as I can. To date there is no record of anyone having Received that particular letter. From what I understand, that was drafted before the decision was made to allow a few hundred people who attempted to register but missed the deadline (idiots) register their “scary” rifles.

    Actual confiscation? God only knows. But good for those who chose to put their put down and defied Malloy!

  • Tim Carroll

    when injustice becomes law,…resistance becomes duty

  • Tim Carroll

    when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty

  • Anonymous

    Holder: “…because what’s right and just trumps law.”

    Interpretation of Holder’s words: “…what’s right FOR US, you just do it, and IGNORE the law we tell you to.”

    How we can interpret it: “…because what’s right and just, ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION, trumps that ILLEGAL law.”

    Finally, we have Holder himself telling us (unwittingly for him) that we have justification for following the Constitution and ignoring illegal laws!

    I await with bated breath for someone to tell him just this point. Look out, libs and Dems, it works both ways sometimes.

    Laus Deo

  • Anonymous

    P.S.

    Holder short interpretation: “…just do it my way.”

    I wrote the above just from reading the comments, before watching the clip, and I am glad that Glenn expanded on that Constitutional interpretation.

    Laus Deo

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been waiting to see someone post about this state being the Constitution State! I’ve concluded in my lifetime, there are no coincidences. What better place to take a stand than “The Constitution State!!!

  • Guest

    Now we know what all those empty concentration camps are for!

  • BlueMN

    Sounds like a lot of craps to me.

  • B D

    So no one has received that letter? Then it seems that Beck is at it again, ginning up outrage and indignation on a false premise. He does this time and again. Hey Beck – what in the hell is wrong with you? Can’t you be honest for a change? This is another example of your propaganda technique of riling up people with falsehoods.

  • Charles Hurst

    If it comes down to attempt at gun confiscation then the citizens of CT have every natural right to spill the blood of the officers that carry out those orders.

    It is an uncomfortable fact but at that point we are there. The O’Reilly
    civil spirited debate is over. And after the fact if I were on the jury this is
    what I would do.

    I’d let the gun owners go. I would look at the wife of the dead
    government agent/ cop or whoever this corrupt government sent and I would tell
    her that her husband got exactly what he deserved—a riddle of bullets. That I
    don’t want to hear about how he was “doing his job.” The Gestapo could say that
    much. That I don’t care about her renditions of how he was a loving father and
    all the other emotional tear jerk effects that have nothing to do with the fact
    that he carried out an unlawful order. And if he got met with a barrage of lead
    then that’s the price you pay for carrying out an unlawful order.

    It is not up to us to go to a court room and politely ask for our rights
    back. Blood should have been spilled in New Orleans already over this. When
    they confiscated guns, not from the criminal, but the law abiding. And the message
    should have been sent loud and clear. When government agents overstep their
    bounds in a state of lawlessness then expect violence.

    We haven’t been in that situation for a few hundred years. And a few
    hundred years ago many believed the Patriot was a criminal. Many aligned with
    King George. Because many do not have the mental fortitude or stomach to
    possibly engage in things that are life threatening. Things that are not nice.
    Things that may have to be brutal. But sometimes brutality is needed. The
    sheriffs have a choice—don’t carry out unlawful orders against the natural
    rights of citizens. Uprising was the end solution in my fiction as well. Because
    it is necessary to defeat tyranny. It is unpleasant—but necessary. Unless you
    wish to be a prisoner. For as stated the greatest opportunity for evil to
    prevail is for good men to sit back and do nothing.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

  • Mr. Sequel

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  • CrapsDealer

    That’s probably because you’re so full of it.

  • CrapsDealer

    27 people killed by knife-wielding thugs in China…where they have gun control AND knife control. Weapon control only puts weapons in the hands of law-breakers and stops innocent people from defending themselves. How much more proof do these liberal idiots need?

  • BlueMN

    He who dealt it, dwelt in it.

  • CrapsDealer

    You seem to mistake a mere game for reality. Infringing on our 2nd Amendment Rights is no game, which will be realized at some point if things don’t change. And, btw…27 people killed and 109 injured by knife-wielding thugs in China, which not only has gun control laws…but knife control laws as well. Tell me again how anti-weapon laws help save lives.

  • BlueMN

    Your right! Can you imagine if those 10 Chinese thugs had been able to buy assault rifles with 30-round magazines like they could in this country? They’d probably be looking at 2,700+ killed instead of 27. Good point, there’s no telling how many lives were saved.

  • Kyle Potter

    FaceBook, “I Stand With CT Gun Owners” Show Some Support.

  • CrapsDealer

    You’re an idiot. First of all, your lame assertion relies solely on one flawed assumption…that criminals and killers pass background checks and buy guns legally. They don’t!!! How many lives would have been saved if those dead people would have had the right and the means to protect themselves? How many Jews would have been saved during the holocaust if they would have had the means to protect themselves? You seem to live in a fairyland world of flowers and unicorns. Get a grip on reality, Einstein!

  • Anonymous

    No, the letter does exist and was drafted to be sent. They just haven’t sent them yet (that we know of). The Hartford Courant editor has demanded the law be enforced (jail otherwise law-abiding citizens). The law can have no power over the law keeper. Therefore, would-be tyrants must alter the law or make it sufficiently complex to ensure that, should they dig deep enough, they can make any of us out to be law breakers. Then they can bring the full weight of a law and order state with all its institutions to bear upon the law breaker citizenry.

  • Spencer

    Hold fast Connecticut. If they don’t honor our right to bear arms we will exercise our god given right of revolution!

  • Spencer

    when tyranny becomes law rebellion becomes duty