Civil Disobedience: Tens of Thousands in CT ignoring Gun Registration Law


[T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. – United States Bill of Rights, Ratified Dec 15, 1791

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963

Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

A recent article by Hartford Connecticut’s Courant business writer Dan Haar is bringing attention to widespread disregard to the recently effected law that would require residents to register “military style” firearms.  In April 2013, CT legislators passed the law (introduced, ironically, on April Fools Day even though it isn’t just a bad joke) which established the December 31st, 2013 deadline for having such firearms registered.  The law, widely seen as a knee-jerk reaction to a series of murders by a deranged madman in Connecticut, also included multiple other restrictions on firearms and accessories.  More sad irony for what is nicknamed “The Constitution State.”

Many may remember the infamous picture of obedient Connecticut residents queued up in long lines to register their firearms.  Despite the long lines and the end-of-year deadline, Haar reports that state police had only received approximately 50,000 applications for registration – a number which includes over 2,000 incomplete (and, thus, invalid) applications.  This is a figure that is estimated to be as little as 15% of so-called “assault weapons” in the state.  This means that, overnight, anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000+ CT firearm owners became felons, guilty of a class D felony by not registering their firearms.  This includes not only citizens who are ignoring what they consider to be an unjust, unconstitutional law but also many others who may not have been aware of the registration requirement.  And now, by virtue of being newly-minted felons, they are disallowed from owning any firearms.

A Connecticut State Police representative quoted in Haar’s article said “Like anything else, people who violate the law face consequences… that’s their decision. The consequences are pretty clear.”  It could be interesting, and possibly problematic, to see how this plays out as the law is enforced against now-felons who are simply trying to exercise their natural born rights that are protected by the US Constitution.

Read Haar’s full article here, as well as The Blaze’s coverage of the situation here.  Discuss the ‘civil disobedience’ acts below in the comments section and on the GunLink Forums.

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