In some cases, rebellion is an opportunity for the government. Your disobedience provides your political overlord with the excuse he is looking for to stomp you into the ground.
But sometimes he really isn’t prepared to take action.
While it is true sometimes rebellion is an opportunity for the government, it is also true that sometimes a new law is an opportunity for the people. If you defy the new law and the government is not prepared to take action to stomp you into the ground then they look weak and incompetent.
So then they blame the post office.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is offering hope to certain gun owners who missed the Dec. 31 deadline for registering newly banned firearms and ammunition magazines.
A large number of gun owners missed the registration deadline because they had mailed the required paperwork to the state police at the last minute.
The Connecticut legislature agrees:
Amid concerns about gun owners who failed in their last-minute attempts to register now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, lawmakers are considering granting an amnesty period for people who missed the registration deadline.
The comprehensive gun-control bill enacted last spring required owners of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to register the guns and declare ownership of the magazine if they wished to keep them.
About 50,000 assault weapons were registered last year, and close to 40,000 people declared possession of magazines – many of them doing so during the final days of December. But legislative leaders in recent weeks have raised concerns with the governor’s office that some individuals who attempted to register their weapons were prevented from doing so as a result of early post office closings on New Year’s Eve.
All those gun owners meant to register their “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, but they just didn’t make it to the Post office in time.
How many people missed the deadline?
Here is the finding of The Office of Legislative Research, a government agency.
How many large capacity magazines are there in Connecticut?
We were unable to find this number, but the NSSF estimates that it could be in the tens of millions. NSSF used the following methodology to arrive at this figure.
Based on Connecticut’s percentage of National Instant Criminal Background Check System checks in the Unites States, NSSF estimated that the number of firearms owned by Connecticut residents is about three million. About one million of these firearms are handguns, of which 21%, or 231,000 use large capacity magazines. About 1.2 million are rifles, of which 30%, or 372,000 use large capacity magazines. Assuming four magazines owned for every firearm (assuming every firearm comes standard with at least two magazines), NSSF asserts there are over 2.4 million large capacity magazines in Connecticut that originated at the retail level. The NSSF final figure is larger than this because it counts firearms already in the state and those not purchased at the retail level.
So we have reason to expect millions of registrations but only got 40 thousand? That is a lot of missed stamps.
So nice of the ruling class to offer “amnesty.” My hunch is that no one wants it. They aren’t going to follow your Nazi law, Governor.
Your “subjects” are on strike. They’re not doing servitude on this issue.
Hat tip: Reason.com