That sounds like something straight out of an Orwell novel, or maybe the oppressive playbook from overlords running Germany in the early 1940s. Right?
Supposedly, this paraphrased demand about assault rifles came in the form of a letter allegedly sent by the Connecticut State Police to state residents. The validity of the letter is being called into question, and our sister publication, Gun Digest, reached out to officials for some clarification.
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Here’s what Gun Digest found out:
A letter apparently mailed from the Connecticut State Police to residents who attempted to register their “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines” but missed the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline has gun owners across the Internet up in arms.
The validity of the letter, however, has been called into question.
A spokesperson contacted by Gun Digest for Connecticut’s Special Licensing and Firearms Unit said the letter was not sent from their office. And there are a number of news accounts and government documents that also question the letter’s authenticity.
According to an article on the New Haven Register website, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had announced plans for amnesty for gun registrations that arrived in the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) office after the Jan. 1 deadline.
In a Feb. 13 letter from the governor’s office to DESPP Commissioner Dora B. Schirro, Malloy advised clemency for firearms registrations received after the Jan. 1 deadline. The letter also stipulated the department’s discretion to accept tardy applications.
“Consistent with the Act, DESPP may choose to accept applications received after January 1, 2014, if the department has reason to believe that an applicant complied with the terms of the Act by attempting to submit the application on or before January 1, 2014, even if the application was not received by DESPP due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control,” the letter from Luke Bronin, the general counsel to the Office of the Governor, read.
The commissioner of the DESPP agreed. According to a Feb. 14 letter, Dr. Dora B. Schriro wrote her department would accept the applications if it was believed an applicant attempted to submit before Jan. 1 or that it was received late due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control.
The questionable letter set the online gun world on fire, with scores taking to social media to sound off. Given the controversial gun legislation that passed in Connecticut in 2013, the document touched a sensitive spot among firearms enthusiasts.
The letter also hit the internet just weeks after many news outlets reported thousands of Connecticut residents had failed to register their firearms.
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