My latest column is up at AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
The state of Connecticut faces a crucial decision. The state passed a law last year requiring the registration of so-called “assault weapons” – semi-automatic rifles with certain cosmetic features. The deadline for registration was December 31, 2013, and the response to the law by Connecticut’s law-abiding gun owners was extremely underwhelming.
The state government does not know exactly how many of these rifles are in their state, but only just over 50,000 were registered by the December deadline. There are estimates that as many as 300,000 citizens of Connecticut defied the law, meaning that 300,000 people went from being perfectly law-abiding citizens to class-D felons overnight.
There has been no shortage of speculation as to how the state of Connecticut will end up responding to this phenomenon. The most common theories revolve around the state government performing door-to-door confiscation raids on suspected gun owners. There have already been reports of the state government asking citizens to report on their neighbors if they suspect them of owning one of these “assault rifles.”
Confiscation, of course, would be problematic for the state. Proponents of the Second Amendment are already wary of the overuse of registration laws, which have historically been used to aid later confiscation efforts. If the state begins knocking down doors to confiscate firearms, armed resistance is practically inevitable…and with gun owners across America keeping a close eye on the situation in Connecticut, it would behoove the state government to carefully consider their actions as they move forward.
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