Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hartford's Gun Buy Back Program Deemed A Success... And Yet....


WTNH reported this story:
The Hartford Police Department is calling a recent gun buy back program a success with more than 75 guns being turned in.

On December 5th, folks were given a gift card if they turned in a gun.

“This is a great community program that provided an opportunity for people to dispose of unwanted firearms in a safe manner," said Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts.

The guns will be processed to make sure they were not used in a crime before they are destroyed.

WTIC reported this:
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts says the city is a bit safer after citizens turned in 78 unwanted firearms during a gun buy-back program last weekend.

People turned in handguns, rifles, numerous rounds of ammunition and gun magazines. All the weapons will be destroyed, unless forensic tests show they were used in crimes.

The program offered a $75 Kohl's gift card for a semiautomatic weapon, $50 gift card for a revolver and a $25 gift card for a shotgun or rifle.

It was a joint effort by police, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the Community Renewal Team.

Now what I really want to know is why the people who transported those guns were not arrested and fined and jailed for transporting those firearms illegally!!!

CGS 29-35:
"(a) No person shall carry any pistol or revolver upon his or her person, except when such person is within the dwelling house or place of business of such person, without a permit to carry the same issued as provided in section 29-28. ..."

Most likely the participants in this buy-back program transported the firearms without proper permits and probably not in accordance with transporting them in a vehicle in which they must be locked up:
"transporting a pistol or revolver" means transporting a pistol or revolver that is unloaded and, if such pistol or revolver is being transported in a motor vehicle, is not readily accessible or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle or, if such pistol or revolver is being transported in a motor vehicle that does not have a compartment separate from the passenger compartment, such pistol or revolver shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. "
They clearly broke the law.... so where is their punishment?
Sec. 29-37. Penalties. (a) Any person violating any provision of section 29-28 or 29-31 shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three years or both, and any pistol or revolver found in the possession of any person in violation of any of said provisions shall be forfeited.

(b) Any person violating any provision of subsection (a) of section 29-35 may be fined not more than one thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned not less than one year or more than five years, and, in the absence of any mitigating circumstances as determined by the court, one year of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court. The court shall specifically state the mitigating circumstances, or the absence thereof, in writing for the record. Any pistol or revolver found in the possession of any person in violation of any provision of subsection (a) of section 29-35 shall be forfeited.

(c) Any person violating any provision of subsection (b) of section 29-35 shall have committed an infraction and shall be fined thirty-five dollars.
In order to transport a firearm you MUST have a Permit to Carry, and you MUST transport it properly, otherwise the law is very clear as to the consequences.

And while we are on this subject, here's a provocative article by David Codrea at Examiner.com and the comments are also very much worth reading.. I especially liked this one:
I would be interested in knowing if 'donors' have to give their names, addresses, phone #s, DOB, SSN & DL #s on turn-in for "Tax Purposes", since they are receiving $$$ for their property the State might want to issue them a 1099 for their compensation. "Please give us all your information, so we can identify you six-ways to Sunday, forfeit all of your rights, and here's your $200 gift card, Have a nice day!"

and

"Encourage non-knowledgeable people to pick up uncleared weapons, and transport them in violation of carry laws. Hey, what could go wrong with that?"

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