By now you’ve probably seen the story of James Toigo, a manÂ from Connecticut who is believed to be the first person charged under the new gun registration laws. Earlier today, we obtained information from someone close to the incident who wishes to remain anonymous on how it all went down.
RegardingÂ the incidentÂ which led to Toigoâ€™s guns being seized and his arrest for possessing an illegal/unregistered â€œassault weaponâ€ and â€œlarge capacity magsâ€ â€“ there were two officers working construction almost directly in front of Toigoâ€™sÂ house. The squirrels had been digging up his yard on the side of his house near the front yard, which frustrated him and made him angry.
So ToigoÂ decided to shoot a squirrel with his legally owned .22 rifle, shooting out through an open window from a position inside the home towards the street and where officers were standing for their construction job. The shot was close enough that it made the officers jump and they looked up to see the rifle pointed in their direction.
They detained and interviewed him, during which he admitted to shooting the squirrel. During the interview, he told officers that he owned several other firearms and had been shooting squirrels from inside the home on a regular basis, as evidenced by numerous bullet holes in the fence between his home and the neighborâ€™s. After his demonstration of poor judgement and his admission to owning other weapons, the officers then obtained a Risk Warrant, signed by a judge, on the basis of the unlawful discharge and his reckless use of the firearm.
During the execution of the warrant, the officers seized a total of 22 firearms, to include the three unregistered handgun large capacity magazines and an unregistered assault weapon (Smith & Wesson M&P-15). Â Throughout the entire investigation he remained overly cooperative, much to his detriment. He also admitted to officers that he had legally purchased the M&P-15 out of state before the new laws went into effect in April 2013, but had not registered the newly declared assault weapon or any of his three handgun large capacity magazines.
There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from this story, not the least of which is that no matter how annoying squirrels are, shooting them illegally in front of police officers is a bad idea, and confessing to owning unregistered weapons/magazines is even worse.