U.S. state: 350,000 gun owners suddenly felons
Fight over weapons confiscation gets hot
Mar. 10, 2014
Connecticut has created a crisis for itself: The possibility of having 350,000 new felons in the state – roughly 20 times its current prison population.
It’s all because the legislature adopted a law that bans some types of guns and weapons based on certain physical features.
There is no grandfathering for people who already possess the weapons. The only alternative is for the owner to submit an application with identifying information such as fingerprints.
It’s estimated that up to 350,000 residents didn’t meet the state’s deadline for submitting the information.
The result? They’re felons. No one has been charged or convicted yet, but the law allows no half-measures. Even possessing the weapon makes a person a felon.
And a judge who was asked to suspend the law while a challenge to its constitutionality is debated in the courts sided with the prosecution, refusing to make the allowance.
The result could be another civil war. Branford resident John Cinque challenged two of the members of the legislature, Sen. Leonard Fasano and Rep. Dave Yaccarino, both Republicans.