Governor Dannel Malloy does not understand a law pertaining to “large capacity magazines” that he demanded, promoted and signed, Connecticut Citizens Defense League documented yesterday following statements the governor made on a local radio program.
Malloy’s “legal” response to a caller on Milford’s “Chaz & AJ in the Morning” show was dangerously off-base, CCDL charged. Asked if it would be legal to carry two 14-round magazines limited to 10 rounds in each one, the governor’s advice could subject anyone heeding it to prosecution.
“First of all what you have to do is disclose,” Malloy told the caller. “There’s a way to disclose that you have them and you’re grandfathered in. So, that’s how our law works in Connecticut. You don’t lose the right to have them; you just have to say that you have them.
“‘Hey, I’m Joe. I’ve got two of these,’ and that’s it,” Malloy continued. “So the limitations that you’re fearing aren’t necessarily in our bill. They are -- I think you’re referring to New York’s law, quite frankly, and New York has a different set of laws than we do.”
“The Governor is mistaken,” CCDL warned. “The law he signed … back in April does indeed prevent someone from carrying a so-called ‘large capacity magazine’ even if it is properly declared, and absolutely limits the number of bullets to 10.”
Connecticut’s law requiring a magazine be “within” the firearm “limit[s] the number of declared ‘large capacity magazines’ one is able to carry, along with the number of bullets it can contain” CCDL explained “For the governor’s statement to be true you would need to carry multiple guns or find a gun [that] holds two or more magazines.
"The fact is that we have a Governor that signed a colossal piece of legislation that he himself does not understand," CCDL President Scott Wilson told Gun Rights Examiner. "I can only hope that Governor Malloy got a clue as to how convoluted and difficult this new law is after making the statement he made on the radio."
"There is a serious risk that comes with severe consequences for gun owners that run afoul of the law unintentionally,” Wilson added. “The Governor should be aware that lives of good people may be ruined over this."
This is not the first time an anti-gun politician has proven to be clueless about edicts they would impose on gun owners under force of punitive law. New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s notorious “shoulder thing that goes up” definition of a barrel shroud comes to mind, as does former New York Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington’s assertion that .50 BMG rifles fired an “incendiary … heat-seeking device” that “could cook [a deer] at the same time” it was shot.
More recently, Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado provided another forehead-slapper when she declared that if magazines were banned, “the number … is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” DeGette spokeswoman Juliet Johnson then unwittingly doubled down on the ignorance with a damage control statement claiming “She simply misspoke in referring to ‘magazines’ when she should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism.”
“Hoplophobia,” a term referring to “a mental aberration consisting of an unreasoning terror of gadgetry, specifically, weapons,” was coined by the late “Gunner’s Guru” Jeff Cooper. The condition is marked by ignorance, and fearing what one does not understand, but nonetheless makes assumptions about, is at the root of bigotry. When that’s the default position of politicians, whether they actually suffer from the disability or are merely exploiting those who do, and when that’s intentionally inflamed by a media comprised of like minds, the end result is that healthy people get caught up in the madness until they can find a way out.
“This legislation is so convoluted that lawyers and elected officials are not sure what’s legal and what’s not,” CCDL concluded about the irrational new laws Malloy signed but does not understand.
“Donate to the CCDL’s Litigation Fund as we work to overturn this nonsense,” they asked their members and supporters.
While that's happening, Gov. Malloy should be pressed to explain in what other profession signing off on a binding document he didn't understand would not be considered actionable malpractice.
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