NRA-ILA: Anti-Gun Governor Targets Lawfully Registered Firearms for Seizure

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There are two absolutes in gun control strategy, and both were on display recently when Gov. Ned Lamont (D-CT) proposed to renege on a promise twice made to the state’s law-abiding gun owners: that they could keep their newly-banned firearms if they registered them with the state.

Connecticut has passed two bans on so-called “assault weapons,” one in 1993 and then an expanded version in 2013.

Each time, the law affected common and popular semi-automatic firearms already owned by law-abiding residents of the state. And each time, the state assured those gun owners that their lawfully-acquired guns would be “grandfathered” under the law if the state were apprised of who owned them and where they were kept.

This led to the sad and ominous spectacle of gun owners who were under no individual suspicion of wrongdoing queing up to report their own identity and constitutionally-protected property to police. As a news report noted, “The application requires information such as the individual’s name, address, telephone number, motor vehicle operator’s license, sex, height, weight and thumbprint, as well as information about the weapon, including the serial number, model and any unique markings.” It was eerily similar, in fact, to the information used when booking someone for a crime.

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Meanwhile, some well-meaning but naïve gun owners thought they were simply doing their civic duty by complying with the mandate. “If they were trying to make them illegal, I’d have a real issue, but if they want to just know where they are, that’s fine with me,” one registrant told a local news station.

Readers of this website and other NRA publications knew better, however, as the Association has warned for years of the aforementioned absolutes: that gun control advances incrementally and that firearm registration leads to firearm confiscation.

Following a gubernatorial debate in November, Lamont told reporters: “I think those assault-style weapons that are grandfathered should not be grandfathered.” He continued, “They should not be allowed in the state of Connecticut. I think they’re killers.”

Pressed for specifics on how he would go about enforcing his proposal or recovering the 81,849 “assault weapons” registered with the state, Lamont did not provide details. “Start by making them illegal,” he said. “I think that would be a big difference. That is what you start with.”

In other words, without any explanation of how his plan would work or promote public safety, Lamont is proposing to make tens of thousands of state citizens who complied in good faith with the registration requirements into criminals, with their guns summarily declared contraband and subject to seizure. To make matters worse, the authorities would already know who and where those citizens are.  

Lamont ludicrously claimed that the grandfathered guns themselves are “killers,” but he provided no evidence that their owners are. He did not cite statistics, or even examples, of lawfully registered “assault weapons” that were later used in crime. Meanwhile, registered or not, semiautomatic long guns of the types banned in Connecticut are rarely used in homicide, as we have noted time and again, including herehere, and here.

Despite these facts, Lamont seems intent on executing his plan to reclassify peaceable Connecticut residents lawfully exercising their constitutional rights as felons. His example illustrates very clearly what the reassurances of gun control advocates are worth and how anyone who thinks its safe to rely on such reassurances will be in for a rude awakening.

SEE ALSO: Connecticut Gov. Blames Guns for Rising Crime, Introduces $64 Million Gun Control Package

Indeed, the month after Lamont announced his intentions, an editorial in the Connecticut Mirror argued that constitutional assurances the right to keep and bear arms will be protected should themselves be repealed. “It is time to talk about repealing the Second Amendment,” the author insisted. But he made it clear that his plan wasn’t necessarily an alternative to incrementalism but a potential aid to it. “[T]he very existence of a loud argument about the larger issue of repeal will make those incremental proposals seem more moderate, and therefore ultimately more achievable,” the editorialist wrote.

Second Amendment advocates are often faulted for opposing supposedly moderate, “common sense gun safety laws” that fall well short of a comprehensive ban on all types of firearms. But the savvy ones know that punishing law-abiding people for exercising their constitutional rights does not stop criminals, and today’s accommodation for the good guys with guns is tomorrow’s “loophole” that will eventually close around their necks. This is even more so when the authorities already know who owns guns and where those guns are kept.

It’s simple: The object of gun control is the outlawing and seizure of firearms from law-abiding citizens.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Ask Gov. Ned Lamont.

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  • Larry January 3, 2023, 10:09 pm

    Registration is infringement. It has a chilling effect on exercising an explicitly enumerated constitutional right. Therefore, registration is unconstitutional. It is illegal even at the state and local level. The existing registration requirement should be challenged in federal court. If it is allowed to stand, it wont be long before you will need a license/permission to write a letter of dissent to your local newspaper or voice dissent/disagreement directly to elected authorities.

  • Larry C December 27, 2022, 12:10 pm

    Elections have consequences! You voters of CT keep voting in Demoncrats, you get what you deserve.

  • Greg December 23, 2022, 10:23 pm

    We as law abiding 2A citizens need to hold our elected employees accountable for their actions! Every single one of these individuals that vote against our 2A rights should be sued and pulled into the court system by Every Citizen they effect until they’re broken. Consequences for their actions, and they might think before they attempt to try and Circumvent the Bill of Rights, and Constitution!!!

  • Mark Gutsmiedl December 23, 2022, 11:06 am

    Another example that shows registration leads to confiscation.

  • Jon December 23, 2022, 10:08 am

    This guy is going to get a lot of cops killed.

  • Stan d. Upnow December 23, 2022, 9:50 am

    After suffering the vile abuse of authority by the feds, governors, local officials, and their thugs in LE during Covid, you’d have to be stupid as sh-t to trust Any of them!

  • pud December 23, 2022, 8:06 am

    Those democrats just love taking our freedom

  • Thunder 69er December 22, 2022, 12:29 pm

    If Lamont wants me to turn in my firearms he can come to my house and try to take them. We’ll see how that works out. Communist bastard!

    • Stan d. Upnow December 23, 2022, 9:59 am

      Ha, scum like him are weak cowards. He’ll send 30 State Police SWAT officers to bust into your home at 4am, shoot your dog(s) for barking at them, terrorize your family, and tear your house apart looking for those “killer” guns as they drag your ass out the door in shackles.
      I applaud your bravado, but you had better face reality– the advantage is all theirs.

  • Tom December 21, 2022, 12:04 pm

    The left is a disease

  • Matthew December 21, 2022, 11:38 am

    I would say is time for emplacement

  • KC Jailer (sire/your majesty) December 21, 2022, 11:15 am

    Ned – Scottish slang for “non-educated delinquent”.

  • survivor50 December 20, 2022, 4:26 pm

    SOOOO…. a DIMOCRAP lied to you …AGAIN !!!

    ( See my SHOCKED face … )

    • duane December 22, 2022, 11:15 am

      those poor fools who trusted the government, i would say those are some of the ones who too the shot

      • Larry January 3, 2023, 10:15 pm

        What does “who too the shot” mean? Please read your post before submitting.

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