The brutal murder of the Petit family in Cheshire Connecticut has been overshadowed, indeed forgotten, in the post-Newtown “debate” over gun control. Shame. The Constitution State’s new “tighter” gun laws will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. More expensive, time consuming and complicated. For example . . .
Adults 18 years and older can begin applying for the long gun eligibility certificates, which require completion of an instructional course and state and federal background checks. Those certificates or a valid state-issued gun permit will be required as of April 1, 2014, for anyone who buys or receives a long gun. The certificate will be good for five years.
Beginning Monday, adults 18 years and older can apply for the new ammunition certificate, which will require a national criminal background check. Starting Oct. 1, the sale of ammunition and ammunition magazines will be generally prohibited unless the buyer shows an ammunition certificate and a driver’s license or other valid identification or has a handgun permit, gun dealer sale permit or long gun or handgun eligibility certificate.
The lead of this report at therepublic.com reveals the media and gun grabbers’ rationale for erecting these enormously expensive, clearly unconstitutional bureaucratic hurdles. “Parts of Connecticut’s law addressing the Newtown school massacre, including the creation of new credentials to purchase long guns and ammunition, take effect Monday.”
How does ANY of these laws address the Newtown school massacre? In what way will any of them prevent another psychotic spree killer—or two homicidal ex-cons—from carrying out heinous crimes against innocent life? Don’t these onerous new laws increase the possibility that Connecticut residents will be the victims of violent crime by, in effect, disarming them?
Actually, it’s worse than that . . .
People who’ve been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, however, will now have to wait longer for such permits. Mary Kate Mason, a spokeswoman for the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, said the agency has always reported involuntary commitments to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that occurred over the last 12 months. Under the new law, that review period will be extended to the previous 60 months.
Mason said the department is working on meeting another part of the law that will require the agency to report voluntary psychiatric admissions starting Oct. 1. She said a committee of attorneys and experts is working on a way to provide the information confidentially.
Confidentially? What does that mean? Discreetly? Secretly? I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Any law that discourages mentally ill from seeking treatment (e.g., a laws that requires patients to surrender their gun rights) will have the exact opposite effect of the one intended. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and, in this case of statists exploiting a crisis to increase their power over the populace, bad ones as well.