Once again, we’re looking at an exemption from unconstitutional gun ban bills for active and retired police. Last time, it was (and still is) New York and Texas (since rescinded). This time it’s Connecticut, whose legislators have returned to their civilian disarmament bills to “modify” their provisions to exempt the law enforcement community, both past and present. abcnews.go.com reports that . . .
The revisions expand the list of inspectors and enforcement officers who can legally possess and purchase the banned firearms to include sworn and certified officers at the department of motor vehicles, the chief state’s attorney office, the department of energy and environmental protection and some constables with police certification. It exempts such officers from the certificate requirement for long gun ownership, and allows them to maintain possession of assault weapons and large capacity magazines after their service ends by registering them.
So it’s one rule for citizens and another rule for the protected class known as police. It’s hard to imagine a more outrageous example of the elitism that informs the politicians bent on civilian disarmament (remembering the police are civilians too).
The revisions sailed through CT’s legislature. Monday, the Senate approved it 33-1. The House of Representatives OK’ed it by a 131-15 vote. Malloy’s pen will skate across the cop carve-out presently. Republican Sen. Joe Markley was the only senator to oppose Monday’s bill.
“I think if we acknowledge that we are putting law enforcement officers at risk by limiting their ability to defend themselves,” he said, “I think we have to acknowledge that we’re putting homeowners at risk by limiting their ability to defend themselves.”
A lone voice of reason in a slave state. Which has clearly lost its mind.
The bill also clarifies the status of .22-caliber rimfire rifles, defining them as assault weapons when fitted with a detachable magazine and more than one of several features including a folding or telescoping stock, bayonet mount or flash suppressor.
With a bit of modification, you too can turn an Ruger 10-22 into an “assault weapon.” Or not, if you live in Connecticut.
Saying that, if you’re a CT res who ordered a 10-22 that [now] qualifies as an assault weapon before April 4 and it didn’t arrive until later you’re good. As long as you register it. But you can’t sell or transfer the rifle in state. Out of state? Fine.
If you’re a cop or ex-cop? Hmmm. I don’t think you can mod a 10-22 “assault weapon”-style. Unless you do or did so as part of your job. If not, I guess you have to console yourself with your taxpayer-funded “high capacity” AR-15. Or two. Or three.
There’s your common sense gun control.