An Examiner article claims that 250 Connecticut law enforcement officers signed a petition stating that they would not to enforce state laws on gun registration/confiscation. As theblaze.com found out, that one doesn’t hold water. An Examiner update says it’s true, linking to an ezinearticles.com story based on info from “Torrey Grimes, a retired twenty-five year police veteran, is the chairman of the Connecticut Peace Officers Association.” As ccdl.com points out, the picture of the article’s author is that of comedian Tim Northern. Not to mention the fact that the Connecticut Peace Officers Association doesn’t exist. None of which answers the main question . . .
Will they or won’t they? If an d when the firearms confiscation order comes down from on high, will police officers who’ve sworn an oath to the United States Constitution violate that oath and trample on their fellow civilians’ natural and civil right to keep and bear arms?
TTAG’s talked to some CT law enforcement types on the ground on the QT and received a couple of emails from readers who’ve done the same. The general consensus: there are officers who will refuse to confiscate firearms from otherwise law-abiding citizens. But these officers readily admit that they have colleagues who will.
So anyone who’s counting on a the thin blue line being a red line for protecting their Constitutional rights in the Constitution State is kidding themselves. As with any organization set up along military lines, there are more than a few true believers whose belief system is focused entirely on exerting the organization’s will. If and when the order is given, they will confiscate guns. What happens after that, no one knows.
This letter, should it exist, changes nothing.