By now you’ve probably heard the claims that confiscation has begun or is about to begin in Connecticut, so today, let’s discuss the situation in a brief timeline of events, and examine what we do and do not know at this point.
Post-Sandy Hook Gun Control Legislation
In April of 2013, CT lawmakers announced a deal on a gun control package that included, among other things, limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds and registration of weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
After the above legislation passed, magazines holding more than 10 rounds were considered “Large Capacity Magazines” and were prohibited in the state. Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds along with banned firearms possessed prior to April 4, 2013 were grandfathered, provided they were registered with Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)Â by January 1, 2014.
This January 1 registration deadline begged the question, what would happen if residents of the state did not comply? Registration doesn’t lead to confiscation, right? We may soon find out.
Confiscation Fears – The Letter
The fear of door to door confiscation started with a letterÂ circulating the web obtained by the Capitalism Institute that allegedly details the options that residents who failed to complete registration prior to January 1 have to comply with Connecticut state law. This letter is still, as of the time of writing, unconfirmed.
The Blaze reports that they spoke with a spokesperson with the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and that while such a letter has been drafted, not one has been sent out so far. Is the letter real? Sounds like time will tell.
Update 3/4/2014: The Capitalism Institute is reporting that they have confirmed with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public ProtectionÂ that the letter is in fact real.
Confiscation Fears – The Video
Yesterday, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Guerrilla Media Network (GMN) that allegedly is a recording of aÂ producer for GMN “Guerilla Girl Ashley” calling the Connecticut State Police to “inquire about the recent letter sent to residents regarding gun confiscation in Connecticut.” Presumably, she is referring to the letter above.
She ends up speaking with Lt. J. PaulÂ Vance, who is a Public Information Officer for the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Connecticut State Police. Assuming this video is NOT a hoax (I don’t know anything about GMN), two things immediately stand out to me.
- Ashley references a letter that her husband received in the mail, a letter that sounds very much like the letter above.
- Lt. Vance does nothing to calm the fears that door to door confiscation is a very real possibility, and even says inflammatory things like “I donâ€™t want to talk about the Constitution mâ€™am” and “I’m the master.” At the very least (and again, if this video is true) this man needs to lose his job, because he clearly isn’t a very good spokesperson for the state.
You can watch the video below.
At this point, there isn’t much we know for sure except that door to door confiscation has not started in Connecticut. At least not yet.
What we don’t yet know:
- Does the state intend to prosecute gun owners who do not comply with the newly enacted gun laws?
- Will the state attempt to identify gun owners who did not try to register in the first place (by all accounts there are likely tens of thousands of people in this category)?
This is certainly a situation that we should all be paying close attention to.