Well, isn't this just a fine how-do-you-do:
After tens of thousands of defiant gun owners in Connecticut chose not to register their semi-automatic rifles to comply with a hastily-passed gun control law, the state is now taking some action. Officials are reportedly notifying gun owners who submitted late applications that they have one last chance to get rid of their “illegal” weapons.
State officials did accept some gun registration applications that were submitted after the Jan. 4 deadline, however, not all late applications were accepted, the Journal Inquirer reports.
“But rather than turn that information over to prosecutors, state officials are giving the gun owners a chance to get rid of the weapons and magazines,” the report adds.
And completely expected, too. But it gets better! You see, these are the people that tried and failed to register their firearms... and it's absolutely dwarfed by the people who refused to tell the state of Connecticut about their newly-illegal firearms. You know what will happen to those people? That's right: probably nothing at all. Those people vote, and they'll still have those votes in November unless the state of Connecticut has suddenly developed a way to arrest, detain, and felony convict en masse several hundred thousand people*.
Moral of the story? God help you if you try and fail to comply with the State. You're better off by far if you just keep your mouth shut.
Is Gun Confiscation headed to CT? The Letter the State Is Reportedly Sending to Owners of Newly ‘Illegal’ Firearms http://t.co/YGbd2JxH29
— Kathleen Herne (@kathleen_herne) February 27, 2014
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Some people furtively reading this may be wondering why the Right is harping so on the rule of thumb Never give an order that you know will be disobeyed. Well, that's because you should never give an order that you know will be disobeyed. Gun owners are both well-aware of their explicit Constitutional rights on this issue, and they have (a well-founded and very accurate) disdain for the motives, knowledge base, and basic intelligence of gun-control enthusiasts. They were never going to comply, and that should have been obvious from the start.
*Spoiler warning: they don't.