Will Connecticut Jail 350,000 Once Lawful Gun Owners?

This past year, Connecticut passed sweeping gun laws that required the registration of all guns that the state defines as being an assault weapon.  This includes all semi-automatic rifles, many of which are used for hunting, as well as all high capacity magazines.  The deadline for registration was December 31, 2013.

When I sold guns, one of the most popular hunting rifles was a Remington Model 750 semi-automatic 30.06.  It was used for hunting deer, elk, bear, javelina, moose, antelope, buffalo and more.  My dad used a Remington 750 for deer, bear and javelina hunting and with a clip, it only held five rounds of ammo.  Any hunter in Connecticut using a Remington 750 or any other semi-automatic hunting rifle is now required to register it with the state.

Just prior to the deadlines, lines of gun owners, many of them just ordinary people who like to hunt, formed at registration locations.  One photo of a line of gun owners has gone viral on the internet and many are comparing it to the 1928 and 1938 German firearm laws, where lines of gun owners formed to register their weapons.

Now that the registration deadline has passed, it is estimated that as many as 350,000 residents did not register their guns or high capacity magazines.  According to the Connecticut law, they are now guilty of a Class D felony which could mean up to 5 years in prison and up to a fine of $5,000.  Conviction of a felony also means that they are no longer allowed to own or even handle a firearm, cannot vote and cannot obtain a number of professional licenses or enter certain professional careers.

It seems that a growing number of Connecticut citizens are willing to face the penalties for not registering their firearms or high capacity magazines because they are making a stand for their Second Amendment rights.  One of those citizens is John Cinque of Branford who told a public meeting:

“I tell everybody I’m not complying.  I can’t – you have to be willing to stand up and say no. And there are a lot of us who are going to say no.”

He told them that he was a 30 year public servant including being a Navy veteran and 20 year firefighter now retired.  He has never been in trouble with the law and that now with just the stroke of a pen, he is a Class D felon just for standing up for his Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Cinque quoted recent Supreme Court ruling in the Heller case which stated:

“Conception of the militia at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification was the body of all citizens capable of military service, who would bring the sorts of lawful weapons that they possessed at home to militia duty.”

“It may well be true today that a militia, to be as effective as militias in the 18th century, would require sophisticated arms that are highly unusual in society at large.”

Cinque went on to tell the meeting that state officials had stated that this was just the first step in accomplishing their agenda.  He asked those conducting the meeting what was next, a Chinese type ruling that they are only allowed 1 child and if so, which of his two sons did they want him to kill.

As I wrote in January, the Connecticut laws are eerily similar to those of pre-World War 2 Germany.  The photos of Connecticut citizens that lined up to register their weapons were identical to those of 1928 Germany.  We know what happened in Germany and many, like John Cinque, fear that the same thing is about to happen here in the US under the tyranny we are now facing.

History shows us that those registration lists were used to strip many Germans of their guns under the tyrannical rule of Adolf Hitler.  When you take a close look at Obama’s tyrannical rule, it isn’t that different from that of Hitler which leads many people to believe that like Hitler, Obama will use these registration lists to confiscate guns from law abiding Americans.  Once that begins, the end of freedom will be upon us.

So what is Connecticut going to do to the 350,000 people who failed or refused to register their guns?  That is 20 times the amount of prisoners currently in the state prisons.  Is the state willing to turn that many law abiding citizens into hardened felons?  State officials haven’t said what they are going to do yet, but they definitely have a dilemma on their hands.