“Officers responded to a medical call relating to Mr. [Edward] Koller,” greenwich.patch.com reports. While privacy laws prevent the police from disclosing the nature of Mr. Koller’s medical emergency, police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray was specific about Mr. Koller’s 10-20: in his car. “As a result of that contact and previous contacts with him, officers determined he had a weapon in the motor vehicle,” Gray said. Wait. What? What does that mean? Anyway, the cops discovered that Mr. K’s car was kitted out with guns, ammo and magazines. Apparently, none of those prohibited under Connecticut’s freshly-minted gun control laws. But the story doesn’t end there . . .
Disclaimer: the Patch story is pretty patchy written in the style normally attributed to bloggers in pajamas in their mother’s basement. But I’m thinking that this bit – “Koller had a pistol in his possession even though his state pistol permit was revoked in February 2014 by the Connecticut State Police (CSP)” – came before this bit . . .
Police obtained a search and seizure warrant that day and seized a Bushmaster XM 15 assault rifle and 49 high capacity magazines from his home, as well as anabolic steroids and a small amount of suspected cocaine, Gray said. “They are contraband items in Connecticut,” Gray said.
After the seizure, officers applied for an arrest warrant. Koller surrendered at police headquarters at 6:45 a.m. Monday, May 5. He was charged with 49 counts of failure to register high capacity magazines, and one count each of possession of narcotics, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of an assault weapon and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
So no angel this Koller fellow, then. Presumably. But it doesn’t appear that Mr. Koller intended to do anything illegal with the prohibited items – unless the mysterious “medical emergency” was somehow suicide-related. In any event, it’ll be interesting to see how hard the prosecutor whacks Mr. Koller on the “high-cap mag” and “assault weapon” charges. And whether or not Koller will become a poster boy for firearms freedom in the Constitution State.