In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as "GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley" that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state's new gun control law.
Ashley said she called regarding a letter her husband received saying he must either sell, turn in or destroy his firearm, which was deemed to be an "assault weapon" by a new law passed in the state.
Lt. Vance explained the letter spelled out the options her husband now has regarding the law.
After about five minutes of give and take with Ashley regarding the law, Lt. Vance is heard saying Ashley sounds anti-American.
"I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?" she asked. "Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, 'cause I'm scared to death?"
"We don't threaten people, ma'am," Lt. Vance said. "That doesn't happen."
"If you're going with the force of government, that's a threat," she responded.
"Ma'am, it sounds like you're anti-American, it sounds like you're anti-law. I can't answer your question," Lt. Vance remarked.
Ashley told Lt. Vance in no uncertain terms she is pro-American and took exception to being called anti-American, a charge Lt. Vance tried to walk back.
He also told Ashley she should contact an attorney to learn what her options are under the law.
Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.
"You're the servant, we're the master," she said.
"I'm the master, ma'am. I'm the master," he said in response.
The video sparked sharp response from readers at From the Trenches World Report, with one person posting a depiction of a raised middle finger.
A post at gunssafelife.com said the first round of letters -- about 106 to rifle owners and 108 to residents with standard capacity magazines -- are "the first step in the Connecticut State Police beginning to round up guns arbitrarily made illegal last year in that state."
The post also warned of possible bloodshed if the law is not rescinded or struck down by the courts.
According to The Blaze, tens of thousands of defiant gun owners have chosen not to register their weapons.
"Owning an unregistered semi-automatic rifle or high-capacity magazine that was legal prior to Jan. 3 is now a class D felony under the new law," The Blaze added.
It is unclear at this point what the state intends to do with those who disobey the law.
A copy of the letter reportedly sent by authorities can be seen here.
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