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First CT Gun Law Arrest

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

6 days!  The first arrest under the draconian and pointless “assault rifle” and “high-capacity magazine” law took place on the morning of January 6:

http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/bridgeport-man-gets-norwalks-first-ticket-under-states-new-gun-law

“The handgun was loaded with 11 bullets, and had a magazine capable of handling 15 rounds, police said…The gun owner told Norwalk officers that he was unaware of the law or the deadline, according to the police report.  He was issued an infraction for possession of a large-capacity magazine and having a mutilated license plate.  The weapon was returned to the owner, under the condition that he keeps the magazine separated from the handgun, and he was released at the scene, police said.”

Read the whole thing, especially the reason that the man was pulled over.

Now, if you are a handgun permit holder, and you carry a gun that can accept a high-capacity magazine, you have the option to do so provided that you only load 10 bullets in it.  And perhaps you carry an extra magazine, as recommended by many self-defense experts.

But what happens if the arresting officer decides to take a bullet out of your spare magazine and load it into the magazine that was in your gun.  You are a felon, that’s what.  There’s probably no way to prove that is what happened, and you are left holding the bag.  Or the mag.

My advice to Connecticut permit holders is to avoid carrying a gun with a high-capacity magazine in it, and eliminate the chance that this could happen to you.  Carry extra magazines, and be sure to tell people why.  And also, practice reloading drills.  You might not become Jerry Miculek but you can certainly improve your time.

Think I am being paranoid?  You might be right.

But if the police feel entitled to shoot 90-pound children who have been tased and restrained, what wouldn’t they do?

 

More Anti-Gun Hijinks

Papers, please...

Papers, please…

Well, here in Connecticut, the registration deadline has passed for “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines.  If you have one and it isn’t registered with the Gestapo, you are a felon.

There is talk of extending the deadline, due to the inability of the Department of Public Safety to process the registrants that made every effort to comply, but no word on that.

There are lawsuits against this dumb law moving forward as we speak, but the wheels of injustice grind slowly.  How finely they grind is another matter.  In the meantime, it is the law of this land, formerly known as the Constitution State.

You can read the act here:

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More Evidence of Gun Benefits

ScreenHunter_69 Dec. 24 10.17From Reason.com:

An economist at a left-leaning university (Quinnipiac, which has a very influential political polling operation) just released a study of concealed weapons laws & crime rates.

“Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).”

Another observation from Reason:

“The most recent Reason-Rupe poll reports that 63 percent of Americans don’t believe that stricter gun laws would keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.”

I realize that these observations are old news to gun owners.  But having respected establishment media organizations admit them is a relatively new thing.  And having these facts in your back pocket can help you shut down the lies of anti-gunners that you will inevitably end up debating in your life.

 

Connecticut Gun & Magazine Registration

Fool's Errand

Fool’s Errand

To those of you who reside in CT and own an “assault weapon” or a magazine that can hold 11 or more bullets: the deadline for registering them is December 31.  Meaning, your registration application must be postmarked by December 31, 2013.

Before you make a decision on whether or not to comply with Gov. Malloy’s Gestapo, you must understand that a separate “assault rifle” registration form must be completed for each gun you intend to register.  And that each of those forms must have your right thumbprint on it, and be notarized.  And each form must include a copy of the original purchase receipt or DPS-3-C form that was filled out at the time of purchase to prove that you owned the gun prior to April 4, 2013.  In the absence of those sale documents, you must include a signed & notarized affidavit with each form attesting to the fact that you owned the gun prior to 4/4/13.  Free advice: print extra forms and thumbprint the blanks until you get clear images, then fill out those forms.

For magazines, you can register multiple calibers/capacities on a single form, and no notary is required.  Once again, you are required to provide a receipt or affidavit to attest that you owned the magazines prior to 4/4/13.  But the affidavit must be notarized!

The forms you need:

dps-414-c  (assault rifle form)

CCDL_Assault_Weapon_Affidavit

CCDL_despp-0788-c_magazine_declaration_affidavit (form & affidavit)

The legwork required to complete this process is significant.  You must do an inventory (and it had better be accurate!).  Figure out which items are covered by the poorly-written law.  Fill out forms, do thumbprints, get them notarized.  And if you are smart, you will submit them by certified or registered mail.  So if you haven’t started, you had better start soon.

The decision to comply, or not comply, with this Nazi-inspired registration scheme is not one to be taken lightly.  I offer no advice on that topic.

I will say that the law states that you must keep the “assault weapon” certificate (which the DPS will return to you after they process it) with the “assault weapon” at all times (so you had better find a way to protect it from damage!).  And also that the State already has a database of DPS-3-C forms from the purchase of all guns.

And that the law says you are permitted to transport the “assault weapon” to a place of sale/repair or to a shooting range, but NOT to any other destination.  Which means that if you plan to stop for a burger on the way home from the range, you might become a felon.

Not sure whether to conclude this post by saying: Caveat Emptor …or: Arbeit Macht Frei.

 

The Times They Are A-Changin’…

Sorry Charlie!

Sorry Charlie!

Well, well.  Looks like some pretty serious cracks are developing in the prevailing front of liberal socialism that has been crowding Americans for the last 50 years.

First, Obamacare is finally being recognized as a colossal mistake by those who most fervently endorsed it.  Not a surprise to anyone that used their brain to run the numbers, but those aren’t the people who supported Obamacare.

And in deep-blue Chicago, the inner-city residents have finally seen through the smoke & mirrors of liberalism and decided that they don’t like the way their plantation is being run:

On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.

“Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.”

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away…

But don’t worry folks!  The Department of Homeland Security is hard at work protecting us from the grave threat of…unlicensed sports apparel.

 

Shooting Aftermath: Analysis and Lessons

Pile On!

Pile On!

A story has been circulating in the gun blog world, a podcast interview with a crime victim as well as the original AR15.com thread where he posted his story.

After listening & reading, I (like many others) believe that there are lessons to be learned from this man’s unfortunate experience.

What those lessons are may depend heavily on the biases that you bring to the analysis.

This guy has beaten himself up plenty over this incident, and I am not trying to pile on.  But he made some major errors that are entirely correctable.

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.22 Ammo Reappears

Precious Metal

Precious Metal

I have been in 3 stores in the past week that all had .22 ammo in stock.

100-round plastic boxes of Winchester HP, bulk tubs of Remington Golden Bullet, 50-round boxes of Federal Target, 100-round boxes of Remington Viper, 50-round boxes of Fiocchi Official 320 and Remington Eley Match EPS.

All had limits on the quantity that a single customer could buy.

A friend found bulk boxes of 9mm at Dick’s.  Other than that one opportunity, I haven’t seen any brass-cased 9mm for sale for a month.

.30-30 ammo has been scarce too.

But I have seen plenty of .223.

Obama Assault on The Second Amendment

Asshole-in-Chief

Asshole-in-Chief

Well, to anyone that was paying attention to who Barack Obama really was when he first ran for U.S. Senate, it was clear that he was a calculating socialist with a well-funded public-relations team.  A look at the traitorous mob that he surrounded himself with (the Chicago Machine, Bill Ayers, etc.) cemented the impression that his true values were unAmerican to the core.

But he was an eager, brazen liar, and he employed many other liars (of various skill levels of lying), and he had the zealous unquestioning support of the liberal media behind him.  And he coasted into office despite his lack of qualifications and many unanswered questions about his past.

Since taking office, he has put into motion a wide variety of schemes to undermine the traditional American way of life and traditional social values.  Some were overt maneuvers; some were hidden.  But all were calculated to adhere to his mentor Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

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Another Colorado Recall

Payback is...her

Payback is…her

Another left-wing gun-hating legislator in Colorado is the subject of a recall initiative:

“Now, another anti-gun senator’s seat is in jeopardy.  Democratic Senator Evie Hudak has a list of recall signatures that is gaining momentum.  But, there’s even more at stake this time.  As a result of last month’s recall, the Democrats now hold a majority in the senate by only one seat.  Hudak’s recall would swing the balance.”
More:
Hudak is a popular figure among Democrats, despite her propensity for landing in the papers for the wrong reasons. Just last week, she landed in hot water after being caught on camera surfing Facebook and sending unrelated tweets during a hearing on parole reform.  In March, Hudak dismissed a rape victim who testified that she wished she’d had a gun by saying “statistics are not on your side.”
I am hopeful that this recall will succeed, and glad that the gun-grabbers are suffering for their stupidity.  If the DemocRATS lose their majority in the Colorado senate, that will be a strategic advantage.  And this water buffalo can go back to grazing buffets.
But, sadly, this does nothing to stop the national efforts to ban guns.  And it certainly doesn’t help gun owners in formerly purple but now deep blue Connecticut.

Why the Navy Yard Shooter Did It

CTRL+ALT+DEL

CTRL+ALT+DEL

We have all seen the news stories of the Navy Yard Massacre.  Those of you who go beyond the biased MSM will know that Alexis had some serious mental problems, and that his employer failed to complete his background check.  You also know that, despite the MSM bleating about it for days, there was no AR-15 involved.

But lost in the blizzard of disinformation is: why did Alexis do it?  What made him follow Joe Biden’s advice (“Get a shotgun”), and saw the stock off while writing cryptic messages on the gun?  What made him snap?

Clearly, this must be it:

Aaron Alexis carried copy of Microsoft Office, other disks into Navy Yard building

What Alexis did was wrong and monstrous.  But, having used the newest version of Office, I understand.  Ballmer could screw up anything without really trying.  He should do what George Costanza postulated, and do the exact opposite of what his instincts tell him to do.  I mean, raising the price of the Surface2/SurfacePro2, after the first ones didn’t sell?  That is some industrial-strength denial at work, to arrive at that decision.

Of course, this is just the excuse that dessicated ratchet-jaw Nancy Pelosi (D-LaLaLand) needs to ban MS Office.

"One more lift and I'll have pubic hair on my chest!"

“One more lift and I’ll have pubic hair on my chest!”