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Bryan Preston


April 2, 2013 - 6:57 am

Republicans and Democrats have reached a deal on a sweeping new gun law for Connecticut. It makes CT one of the least Second Amendment-friendly states in the nation.

The Connecticut deal includes a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six educators dead. There are also new registration requirements for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets, something of a disappointment for some family members of Newtown victims who wanted an outright ban on the possession of all high-capacity magazines and traveled to the state Capitol on Monday to ask lawmakers for it.

The package also creates what lawmakers said is the nation’s first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, creates a new “ammunition eligibility certificate,” imposes immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales, and extends the state’s assault weapons ban to 100 new types of firearms and requires that a weapon have only one of several features in order to be banned.

The newly banned weapons could no longer be bought or sold in Connecticut, and those legally owned already would have to be registered with the state, just like the high-capacity magazines.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Fairfield Republican whose district includes Newtown, said Republicans and Democrats have understood they needed to “rise above politics” when they decided to come up with a legislative response to the massacre.

“At the end of the day, I think it’s a package that the majority of the people of Connecticut I know will be proud of,” he said.

The eligibility certificate requires every buyer to be fingerprinted like a suspected criminal, take a firearms training course, and undergo a national criminal background check that includes mental health admissions records. Last week, the Newtown killer’s firearms training course completion certificate was used by the left to abuse the NRA, which offers such courses nationwide.

We hear in it said in the context of another issue that the civil rights of Americans should not be subject to popularity votes. That logic evidently doesn’t apply to the civil right of self-defense.

Connecticut’s new law leads inevitably to the statewide registration of all firearms. None of Connecticut’s new laws would have stopped the Newtown killer.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Shame on everyone associated with this hysterical legislation. And more shame on anyone who submits to its dictates. I hate to urge lawlessness, but lawlessness in the face of tyranny is no crime.
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Well, more RINOs stabbing the country in the back. No surprise there.

Someone else will be happy about this: anyone who sells ammunition in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. Just like the people who own liquor stores across the county line from dry counties, they'll be getting a lot of business from people living in the restricted zone.

Really though, any civilized people living up there should seriously think about upping stakes and heading to rational states. Let the liberals wreck their states while the sane people build up theirs. Then the question will simply be how to keep the liberals out.
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"Republicans and Democrats have reached a deal"

maybe the GOP needs some phone calls...

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