CT Road Sign Shooter Alexander Czaja: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

Alexander Czaja (courtesy courant.com)

Having grown up in a city, I’m not entirely familiar with the tradition of shooting road signs. Do you shoot the signs from a moving vehicle? Is there a preferred firearm/caliber? Anyway, I was certainly aware of the practice, encountering plenty of buckshot-mottled steel signage out in the country. And it is for sure illegal; an activity best hidden from upright citizen taxpayers and police. Obvs. Well, not so obvs/important if you’re stinking drunk . . .

Police said Troop C in Tolland [Connecticut] received numerous 911 calls from residents in the Crystal Lake area reporting gunshots.

Ellington police and state police responded to the area and saw a man, who turned out to be Czaja, emerge from the woods carrying a long gun.

Police said they ordered [Alexander] Czaja to drop the gun and get on the ground before handcuffing him.

Alexander Czaja's guns (courtesy courant.com)

Czaja was found carrying two additional handguns and more than 25 rounds of .40 ammunition.

Police said Czaja had been drinking and was walking home from a friend’s house. On his way home, he fired 11 rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun, 17 rounds from a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber and 6 rounds from a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver at a speed limit sign on Minor Hill Road.

courant.com further reports that the local DA charged Mr. Czaja with unlawful discharge of firearms, illegal carrying of a firearm under the influence of drugs and alcohol, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Assuming he’s guilty of something stupid firearms-related, Mr. Czaja has also earned himself TTAG’s IGOTD award. Tradition or no, perforating public property is perfidious.


  1. avatar GS650G says:

    He looks like a real PhD candidate.

  2. avatar Mike says:

    No brains, no headaches.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      Too much face, not enough features.

  3. avatar CTstooge says:

    On the bright side, all three guns are “approved” for citizen ownership by the benevolent state of CT, provided you have a Pistol Permit, or Eligibility Certificate for handgun and long gun.

  4. avatar Montanan says:

    Hold off on the pitchforks for a second. Is this really felony worthy….

    1. avatar ironicatbest says:

      My veiw, absolutely not. I do not know if it’s still a law,probably is, in Kansas shooting road signs is considered terroristic act.

  5. avatar CCDWGUY says:

    Good choice!!!

  6. avatar pieslapper says:

    Don’t want to shoot from inside the vehicle, uh, so I was told.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      The approved method is hanging out the passenger door window.

      1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

        Nope, requires a pickup and the shots are done on the move from the truck bed.

      2. avatar Panzer says:

        I recently read a story where a gal was beheaded as she hung out the passenger window and topless (drunk??). The driver got too close to a road sign which decapitated her joyriding passenger. So, it might not be wise to shoot while hanging out the car window.

        1. avatar Swarf says:

          *topless and drunk

          Don’t forget that part.

        2. avatar H says:

          Shoot sign first so you don’t get decapitated. Makes sense, right?

  7. avatar Icabod says:

    Growing up in Vermont, most of the bullet holes appeared during deer season. Then there was the Howard Johnson’s that had some little concrete deep in front. Yep, some fool shot one. Didn’t even tag it.

  8. avatar WI Patriot says:

    You know how on tv shows, you hear about the guy that had “beady” eyes, that are set “close together”, well, this is the guy…

  9. avatar Kendahl says:

    Definitely too stupid to be trusted with a firearm. Somehow, I doubt he has a concealed carry permit since permit holders have a record of being more responsible. In his defense, he only shot an inanimate object that can easily be replaced. Compare that to yesterday’s old fart in church who is lucky not to have killed his wife.

  10. avatar ironicatbest says:

    Road Sign hunting,. now their making them out of this foam shit that don’t even show the bullet holes. Bummer. Dumb ass county, the kids just run over the signs……… I love America, freedom has many forms.

  11. avatar Koolhed says:

    I’ve run into guys like this before. They often use the phrase “I don’t give a [email protected]%!”

    Looks like this idiot will actually be forced to “give a f___!.”

  12. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “Do you shoot the signs from a moving vehicle?”

    Yup, it’s kinda the point, as Mark N noted.

    Think along the lines of the old sport from the early days of the trans-continental railroad of shooting buffalo from the trains at speed…

  13. avatar Matt says:

    I honestly don’t see many bullet holes in signs in CT, even in the “rural” areas if this part of Ellington qualifies.

    Curious if they gave him a breathalyser or blood test to get the carrying under the influence. AFAIK, the proposed law to change this failed to pass so it should still be .1 for carrying in CT.

  14. avatar LHW says:

    Look another Rhodes Scholar.

    1. avatar Paddyo says:

      Shouldn’t that be, road sign scholar?

  15. avatar anaxis says:

    Definitely an exceptional individual; set up for failure with more than a touch of FAS, and a double dose of familial DNA.

  16. avatar Kaban says:

    >>Do you shoot the signs from a moving vehicle?

    Payne, that is stupid question (c)

    With 4 rules and blahblahblah about them.

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