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NRA video raises concerns of gun confiscation in Connecticut

NRA video raises fears of gun confiscation in Connecticut.
NRA video raises fears of gun confiscation in Connecticut.
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Is confiscation of guns next on the agenda in Connecticut? Authorities say that won't happen, but critics aren't buying it, according to a new video released by the NRA, WND reported Saturday.

Owners of firearms deemed "assault weapons" had until April 15 to register those guns, but tens of thousands have not, citing the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. As a result, an estimated 350,000 have not registered their weapons and, according to the law, are now felons even though they have not been charged or convicted.

Making matters worse, WND's Bob Unruh added, there was no grandfathering for people who already possessed the weapons. The new law also required registration of so-called "large capacity" magazines.

What will the state do with these guns and those who basically became felons overnight? No one really knows for certain, but some are predicting the worse could happen if the state decides to act with force.

“I can see a riot happening here. It’s not going to be a pretty picture,” security company owner Alaina Matheny says in the video.

“The revolt is under way. Tens of thousands of people in Connecticut have intentionally missed the deadline. They are not registering. Some of them actually said they would not when they were at the hearing when the law was being considered in the legislature,” said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.

Lt. Paul Vance, the Connecticut officer who said a woman "sounded" anti-American for questioning the new law, tried to reassure residents of the state, saying the list of gun owners is "strictly secure.” He also tried to tamp down rumors the state would seize weapons from those who did not register.

“For anyone to say we’re going door to door to seize weapons is just wrong,” he added. But gun owners don't believe him.

“I think that this registration is the start of confiscation," one critic said.

Even asking questions about the new law is enough to get people in trouble, as one Connecticut student recently learned. As we reported in early April, Nicholas Saucier, a veteran student at Asnuntuck Community College, was suspended after questioning Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy about the new gun control law.

Malloy signed the legislation in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting. While proponents of the law say it's necessary to prevent more Sandy Hook shootings, critics charge it's about controlling the American people, not stopping crime.

“Make no mistake about it. Gun control is not about crook control. It’s about America control. That’s what they want to do,” said Derrick E. Grayson, a Republican running to succeed Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

“They want to know who you are, what you have, and they want to know where you live,” he added. For Grayson, it's part of the effort by out-of-touch politicians to erode the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

“Despite all the promises by our elected officials, career politicians, and so-called leaders, many people all across this great nation are finding it more and more difficult to cope with the various challenges brought about by out of touch politicians,” he said on his campaign website. “The erosion of personal freedom and liberty as a result of federal policy and legislation is alarming.”

Will the state really try to confiscate those weapons? And what could happen if they do?

In February 2013, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, warned that attempts to confiscate weapons would spark "the second coming of an American revolution, the likes of which would make the first revolution pale by comparison."

The NRA video can be seen here.

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