ABSURD: ridiculously unreasonable, unsound, or incongruous.
Connecticut will be demanding registration of all “High” capacity magazines from its gun owning citizens under the new gun control bill. At face value this looks like an absurd bill and impossible to enforce, but that is not what it was created for.
Legislators know that there is no effective registration of something without a serial number, but they know that they will have no problem placing the onus of demonstrating ownership prior enactment on the owner of the magazine. If you are stopped by a LEO, it will be up to you to prove the mags you carry were legally grandfathered and still they can pretty much ignore you, arrest you and place you in custody. The Grandfathering of Magazines is nothing more than an affirmative defense which does not save you from a court proceeding, it only helps you to be found not guilty.
Now think about if for a second. You have a couple of empty PMags in your range bag, you get stopped by Police for a faulty license plate light. The Officer after running your tag, finding our you have no warrants and nothing overtly suspicious is afoot, asks you if he could check your vehicle. Outstanding citizen you are, you say yes and the cop finds the mags….you are toast. You are arrested for violation of the Connecticut Hysterical Gun Control Law of 2013, taken to the pokey where you use your one phone call to get a lawyer, you will have to post bail meaning taking on a loan of mortgage, go to court and hopefully be let go when the prosecution cannot prove you obtained those mags post the enactment of the law. You are set free but you lost money, time and reputation fighting these charges for measly $180 worth of molded plastic. You have now become an example for other gun owners to get rid of their magazines or at least hide them well enough not to be found by a cursory check. Every single person arrested by this Malum Prohibitum becomes an example not to exercise their rights. These “absurd” laws are designed to be excessive pour l’encouragement des autres (to encourage others) to heed the dictum of their “betters” by hook or crook. It is one of the nastiest forms of Social Engineering and will do nothing to solve the possibility of a future Sandy Hook, but then again that was never the intention of the legislators as Gun Control was never about the guns but about control.
Because as sure as hell, Connecticut’s actual & tough gun control laws did not stop Adam Lanza, did they?
Keep an eye on your local legislators. Start beating them now with plenty of communications. Let the know that even the thought of a passing idea about restrictions will have consequences at the polls. This is still a two-front war and our only saving grace is that there are many more of us than then.
PS: If you are not listening to the Michael Bane podcast, do so. He explains this much better than I could ever hope and gives very smart advice.