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Conn. police refuse to enforce new gun laws (3 Updates)

New gun owners in Connecticut take firearms training classes.
New gun owners in Connecticut take firearms training classes.
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{Update Notice One. I just received word that the original source of this story, David Hardy, has stated that Tyler Jackson, the one who told him an open letter from 250 peace officers would be published soon, cannot confirm that his previous story is true. Hardy believes that this particular letter does not exist, although he is quite certain, as am I, that a significant number of LEOs in various agencies in Connecticut have vowed they will not enforce unconstitutional gun laws. Here is the original posting from Hardy, along with the latest update today.}

{Update Notice Two. No sooner had I written several apologies about erroneous information in this article than David Hardy received notice that Tyler Jackson had, indeed, published a report on the open letter from the Connecticut Peace Officers' Association at, just as he had promised. Jackson did a phone interview with the Chair of the Connecticut Peace Officers' Association about the open letter, who confirmed that 250 signatures were attached to the letter.}

{Update Notice Three. The Examiner now has enough information to issue corrections and retractions to parts of the story below. First, there is no "Tyson Jackson." His name is Jim Vernon of California. Second, there is no "Connecticut Peace Officers' Association." Vernon made it up. Third, there is therefore no "open letter" from that association containing signatures of 250 police officers who commit to refusing to enforce the new gun laws in Connecticut. We regret the errors and any inconvenience this may have caused our readers. We reported what we thought were the facts in good faith. Unfortunately, some of those facts were untrue, unbeknown to us until now. You will find a full explanation of these and other pertinent facts at my latest Examiner article, published in the wee hours of Thursday morning after midnight. Simply click on this link to go to the article.}

A showdown is developing between a sizable number of Connecticut state police officers and the politicians who passed into law highly restrictive gun control, gun bans, and bans on high capacity magazines.

Gun rights legal expert and activist David Hardy reported Friday that 250 law enforcement officers in Connecticut have signed an open letter stating that they will not enforce the new anti-gun and magazine laws, which they consider to be a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A major news story on these developments is due to be published soon, but Hardy received an advanced notice via email from Tyler Jackson, the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers Association, the organization that sent the open letter.

According to Hardy,

Tyler Jackson has emailed me an interesting story, soon to appear online (I'll link to it once it does)-- the gist is that the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers' Assn has released an open letter stating that the police will not "be party to the oppression of the people of the state by enforcing an unconstitutional law." So far 250 LEOs have cosigned the letter.

Gunowners in the state have already ignored the mandate to comply with the new laws, refusing to register with the state government their possession of so-called "assault weapons" and forbidden magazines.

It is estimated that over 300,000 gunowners have practiced civil disobedience in refusing to register and give up the newly forbidden items. Only roughly 50,000 citizens in the state have complied.

But now these courageous citizens have key support in high places. With at least 250 law enforcement officers joining them in disobeying an unconstitutional law, the gunowners have a new weapon in their arsenal -- the support of hundreds of police officers.

Hardy reported that with the lack of support of police, Connecticut faces massive civilian resistance, with police officers refusing to enforce a law that to most citizens crosses a line that is unacceptable in a free society.

If such a thing can happen in a deeply blue state in New England, what would law enforcement encounter if they attempted such an ill-fated attack on Constitutionally-protected rights in Texas, Wyoming, South Carolina, Utah, or Kentucky?

This is something that the political powers that be in government and law enforcement -- and in the Courts -- should think long and hard about before acting in such a knee-jerk fashion as Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have done.

(Hat tip to Sipsey Street Irregulars).


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