Can we please stop the “no deaths in Newtown” nonsense? Please? It makes gun owners look like idiots.

There, I said it.

We really need to take off our tinfoil hats and stop looking like the anti-gun groups useful idiots.  Insomuch as I wouldn’t doubt that these groups planted this nonsense on purpose.

Let’s look at the facts:

  1. Sandy Hook/Newtown happened.
  2. 28 people died that day.  27 were murdered (not the insane 26 number we keep hearing, Nancy Lanza was murdered too and is part of the data).  1 suicide (Adam Lanza).
  3. FBI receives reports from local jurisdictions and Newtown is listed as ZERO. Picture 1 below.
  4. Newtown PD did NOT coordinate the investigation.  The CT State Police conducted the investigation. So, Newtown did NOT report any murders.
  5. The state of CT did, in fact report 27 Misc. murders in their report called “Crime in Connecticut”.
  6. There is a section that deals with “UCR” or Unified Crime Reporting.  This describes the process used to gather data.
  7. Further down in the report you get to a section called “Connecticut Summary Statistics”.
  8. On page 15, “Murder Cont.” look under “Murder Circumstances”.  You will find category “other” where you find 27.  That is the Murder in Newtown that day of 20 children, six educators and Nancy Lanza.  Picture 2 below.
  9. Suicide is not tracked in that report.

Picture 1: FBI Crime Data. Newtown shows zero murders.

Picture 2:  Connecticut Unified Crime Reports:  Shows the 27 murders under "Misc.".

Picture 2: Connecticut Unified Crime Reports: Shows the 27 murders under “Misc.”.

Given the two reports, you can clearly see where the 27 murders were reported.  Only saying “it didn’t happen” makes gun owners look like idiots and disrespects those that died that day.

What makes all of this worse, there is plenty of room for speculation and coverups.  Why was legislation passed so independent investigation would be blocked?  Why did all personnel at the site of the crime have to sign non-disclosure agreements?  Why was the school destroyed before any independent investigation?

When you look at all those questions, you can then ask yourself:  Did Adam Lanza actually shoot/consume 30 rounds in each magazine?  Many have speculated he did not and did plenty of administrative reloads where he would shoot a few rounds and reload.  In that case, the 30 round magazine limit would have been moot.  Many of the State Police pictures showed empty magazines (with ammo removed) displaying a full 30 rounds unused (Picture 3) .

Why are we not allowed to look at Adam Lanzas medical records?  Why are we not allowed to see Nancy Lanza’s correspondence with the state?  Did she reach out to the Department of Mental Health and Addictive Services like many friends and independent investigations have found?  I will do future reports on that one.

All these questions are just a tip of the iceberg.  We will never get to the real information if those looking for it constantly have to be on the defensive from such horrible conspiracy theories.


Picture 3 – Magazines and ammunition – full 30 rounds
Picture 4 – The Saiga shotgun in the trunk.

Connecticut State Police Release Sandy Hook Report

Picture 3: Notice exhibit 44 shows 2 magazines and exhibit 46 shows 30 rounds unused each.


Picture 4: The Saiga shotgun in the trunk. Many kept saying this was an AR. Obviously, not.


Open carry case is heard at the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners

Good news:  Open carry prevailed.
Bad news:  It was actually a split board with a 3/3 vote.  So, appellant wins in those cases.

The BFPE admitted across the board that open carry is legal.  The chairman of the board clearly has an issue with open carry and a citizen standing up for his rights.  To actually ask him if he practices all his rights so vigorously, was rather insane.  I sure as hell do!

Interesting to note is the ineffective use of council as mentioned by the chairman.  I know Scott personally.  He did nothing wrong and he was going to stand firm on his rights.  I have no idea what the hell Scott’s council was thinking by opening up with a “boneheadded mistake”.  What kind of defense is that for a guy standing up for his rights?

You can decide for yourself.  West Haven never even sent the arresting officer.  So, we can see how serious it is for them to pursue the matter.

The Yankee Gunner Podcast – 011


You can download the episode here:

Local News

‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Season Opener Will Mirror 12/14

Newtown unanimously adopts new firearms ordinance

Pistol permit applications temporarily accepted at facility in Tolland

Stratford man jailed for shooting himself

Gun Advocates Try To Speed Up Case Against State

CCDL on Toni Boucher

Gun owners weigh in on Boucher announcement

Dems join push to bar guns in Starbucks

Sneeze and Shin Shoot in New Haven


National News

Colorado Senate President John Morse, state Sen. Angela Giron ousted

Iowa grants gun permits to the blind

Man with rifle wounded in faceoff with Edmonds police

Warning: D.C. cops under orders to arrest tourists with empty bullet casings

Exploding targets: shooting aid or a ‘bomb kit for dummies?’

Harvard study reveals gun control counterproductive

If you’re gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough: Seattle stores feel backlash over anti-gun campaign

New Gun Friendly Credit Card Processing

ATF To Extend CLEO Sign-Off To EVERY Person Listed on Gun Trusts

Rally For Gun Background Checks Quickly Becomes Pro-Gun Event

The Hiring Follies of Troy Industries

Obama’s new executive order will kill the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program

Guns don’t offer protection – whatever the National Rifle Association says

North Carolina law prohibits police from destroying guns

‘Moms Demand Action’ Threaten False Police Reports

“You Don’t Need Guns You Need Laws to Keep You Safe” Says Colorado Democrat

Woman Fends Off Carjackers

Maryland Gun Applications Soar




Sampson & Markley Pledge to Protect Gun Owners Rights DESPP Clarifies New Law

Hartford Police: Felon Caught With Handgun

Liberal’s letter to the editor goes viral for stupidity

Liberal media distort the gun debate; loaded language misleads the public

LA Times Claims ‘Democrats Led Passage’ of 1964 Civil Rights Act 

18 Little Known Gun Facts

Firearms inventory requests from the state, why would you want to do this?

So, I sat at the legislature as our fate and rights were being whittled away in Hartford.  I was actually reading the new bill and saw all the “new” items that will end up being called “assault weapons”.  I got to thinking, I haven’t requested my inventory/registry record in some time, I should check.  Sure enough, there are discrepancies.  Then, I talk to a few others who decided to do the same and yep, even more errors.

My argument for getting your records checked is based on media reports over the last few weeks.  A few times, people have had firearms temporarily confiscated by the state only to have some end up “missing” upon return.  Come to find out, they are told they are “assault weapons” and can’t be returned.  That, is a whole ‘nother discussion.  That being said, I want to make sure my neck isn’t “in the noose” for something someone else does with a firearm I used to own.  The chances of that are VERY rare.  However, if I sold a firearm, I don’t want my doors getting kicked in after something else happens “down the road”.

I had called the state in the past for a copy of my inventory.  They used to mail it to the address on record.  They will not do this any longer.  The “Special Licensing Firearms Unit” require a notarized request.  I developed a letter to help everyone get copies of their inventory/registry.  I’m more concerned with what I no longer have, than what I do have.

I hope this helps. PDF link below:


NSSF Files Suit Alleging Process Used to Pass Gun Regulations Violated Connecticut Statutes and Constitution

July 8, 2013 By NSSF News

The National Shooting Sports Foundation today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Gov. Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called “emergency certification” exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun-control regulations.

The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

“A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. “Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s organizations.”

The filing can be accessed here.

The Connecticut Law Tribune recently editorialized on this topic.

New forms have been released (needed to comply with the new legislation).


The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) have released the new forms needed to comply with this legislative sessions massive anti-gun legislation.

On this page, the big thing to note here are the two new forms:

DPS 414-C – this is the dreaded “assault weapon” form. From the DPS website:

Please submit proof that you purchased the weapon on or prior to April 4, 2013. A valid sale receipt and or a DPS-3 form or sworn affidavit are acceptable forms of proof.

Magazine Declaration Form – DESPP-788-C – Is the form needed to declare your magazines.

Remember, January 1st is a holiday and the two weeks before that are absolute madness to make the deadline.  If you plan on sending the paperwork in, make sure you plan ahead enough (two weeks or so) and send it certified return receipt requested and follow up to make sure.

The Yankee Gunner Podcast – Episode 006


Here it is: The Yankee Gunner Podcast – 006

Sorry for the delay… dug up some of my old gear to make recording easier, and well….. the software didn’t want to cooperate.  Heck, I even had this done a few days ago.  Suffice it to say, it is here, but the audio conversion is a bit “funky” to say the least.  I had to change the audio to a variable bit rate in order for the MP3 to record.  Otherwise, the normal format sounded like I was talking under water!  I’ll have this fixed soon.

Because of all the news, changes, laws and new forms, I’ll add another podcast later this week.  It’s been busy and I have a lot to report.

CT Gun Laws – Updated

The legislative session is over, but not before a little more damage……. and some minor correction.  Regarding the new laws, here is what you need to read:

Senate Bill 1160 – PA 13-3 – This is the main bill as passed in April.

Senate Bill 1094 – the first amendment to the bill.

Amendment to SB 1094

PA13-3_FAQ – DESPP memo, makes above easier to understand.  Not to be construed as legal advice.  As always, get yourself an attorney!!!

CT News

Legislature closes gun-law loophole

PD: man with gun refused to show permit

Open carry arrest in Ohio nets $3.6M lawsuit – not CT, but related to above.

Fourth Circuit Finds That Carrying a Firearm in an Open-Carry State Does Not Create Reasonable Suspicion and Provides Thorough Analysis of the “Free to Leave” Standard of Seizure – also related to above.

Cops: Man pulled gun on veterinarian

OP-ED | New Gun Law: Good Intentions Meet With Reality

State took guns of man for mischief night egg fight – ALMOST 4 DECADES AGO!!!

Judge Orders Guns Returned To Farmington Man Accused Of Threatening

If You Won’t Pass Laws We Like, You Owe Us Money, Say Connecticut Politicians

Pistol permit applications in New Britain up sharply since Newtown

New Britain man arrested after posting pics of illegal guns on Facebook


National/International News

Reuters – Gun crime plunges, though most Americans think it has risen.

Empire State DA: I won’t prosecute Cuomo’s new gun law

Justice Dept Admits Gun Buybacks, Bans, & Large Capacity Magazine Restrictions Don’t Work!

Life-Size ‘Call Of Duty’ Statue Perplexes LAPD In Game Studio Raid

New Poll Shows England Wants Its Guns Back

Staples Says Gun Store Can’t Enter Contest

Square Payment Processing Now Does Not Allow Any Guns, Weapons, or Ammo Transactions

Joe Scarborough, Piers Morgan: Obama Scandals Prove Gun Advocates Aren’t Crazy


This is exactly why “Universal Background Checks” is a bad idea for CT and the US.

I keep getting this all the time from my non-shooting friends “why are you against a universal background check”….. right next to the idiotic “if it saves just one life”, but I digress….

California already has a similar system that the anti-gun community want to use as a national model called “APPS”, Armed and Prohibited Person System”.  A system designed to cross reference gun owners and those prohibited persons.  Sounds like a grand idea, right?

Umm…. no.  It is based on the premise that a prohibited person, usually a criminal, will buy a legal gun.  Common sense dictates the flaw in that logic.  Many people (I’d go so far as to say the majority based on my research) would be on that list for reasons that have nothing to do with mental health or criminality.  I can see several categories of people ending up on this list, including:

  • Those that take sleep medication (already in issue in New York and permit revocations in CT).
  • Voluntary check-ins at hospitals for various conditions like anxiety (like in this video below).
  • Sharing an address with someone who is deemed a “prohibited person”.
  • Flawed information in either of the two lists.
  • Military personnel “decompressing” when they return home, PTSD (which ironically, doesn’t prevent you from serving in another active duty tour in a combat role).
  • Data gathering by physicians with an anti-firearms bias (intake forms).
  • and much more

I’ve seen and researched far too much to see the issues with this type of program..  The problem with the “if it saves one life” argument, it often costs a life as well when a firearm is taken away from someone who needs it, and now doesn’t have it.

CT’s new legislation, SB 1160 has a lot of new reporting criteria which is the first (and HUGE) step towards this system.  I expect to see more expansion on this in future legislation.  This is why litigation, such as the lawsuit being headed by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), is so important.

Below is a video put out by the NRA.  Notice the former DOJ agent’s comments about the prosecutions from this program (let alone the cost – TO JUST CALIFORNIA!).

New law FAQ


I’m re-posting this document as it answers some questions asked during this afternoon’s “live Patch discussion”.

This document is a State Police doc, not legal advice.  But it can give you some general direction.  As I always say, consult your attorney!