1 State’s Infuriating Police “Handbook” For Hassling Gun Owners

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Just because something is legal doesn’t mean you won’t get harassed for doing it. For crying out loud, it doesn’t even matter if something is a constitutional right! If the government wants to keep you from doing it, then you’d better be ready for a fight.

Carrying a firearm in public is a perfect example. Whether it’s concealed carry or open carry, the government can’t seem to keep its nose out of people’s business.

One state in particular is getting a lot of flack for going after fire arm carriers. It’s Connecticut.

Now they even have a “handbook” to help cops know how to push gun permit carriers around!

Ammoland explains what it’s all about:

Rocky Hill CT – -(Ammoland.com)- On February 5th 2016, Connecticut’s Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Sugrue published a memorandum to the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office detailing first what everyone in Connecticut should already know:

The unconcealed carry of a firearm with a valid Permit to Carry Pistols or Revolvers is 100% lawful, and that police cannot stop a person carrying a firearm unconcealed (Open Carry) to demand their permit absent Reasonable Articulable Suspicion of a crime.

That is detailed on page one of the memorandum…but.

The memorandum goes on for 5 more pages describing how police in Connecticut can still get away with harassing and detaining citizens not breaking the law. Instead of doing what the State’s Attorney’s office should have done long ago, and clarifying the issue as we have requested, they went on to add to the confusion that police departments experience. Clarifying the issue only needed the first page’s response, nothing else.

But this document was not created to clarify, it was created as a handbook for harassment.

And so, the illegal harassment and detainments of law abiding citizens carrying firearms in a manner prescribed by the law will likely continue by departments that are politically motivated to do so.

This just goes to show that the government can still “legally” push gun owners around, while trying to claim that they aren’t breaking the Second Amendment. It’s sneaky and sinister to say the least.

Tell us what you think in the comments.

51 COMMENTS

  1. Open carry just became legal in Texas after being denied for over a hundred years. I have my CCW and keep
    a weapon or two hand all the time. Crime had gotten out of hand and the police in many cites are told not
    to stop or question many residents (CRIMINAL ILLEGAL INVADERS). This leaves self defense up to the
    lawful and legal citizens to take matters in their own hands in some cases. Personally I do not want to
    be responsible for taking anothers life if it can be avoided. But by the same token I will not allow any
    individual or group to threaten my family or my property or attempt to take our lives. Property I worked for
    and bought in a legal money that I worked and saved for can be replaced but if you enter my home or
    attempt to enter my vehicle you do so at your own risk. I am fully prepared to go to trial and face a
    jury of my peers if such an even takes place and if I am the only one there to answer question I will
    do so. I am not politically Correct nor do I have time for such foolishness I will tell the truth and if it
    hurts the SOB’s feelings then they should have considered the results of their actions before the forced
    the situation in the first place.

    • amen bother, I live in California, and in California we have some ass backwards gun laws, but we are gaining ground in the courts, we finally won the right to a C.C.W( Carry. counseled. weapons) permits, before they wouldn’t give them out for any reason, and the supreme court told the state that it was unconstitutional not to give them out, I to would protect my families life and mine, also my property, I would not hesitate to give a home intruder (instant lead poisoning) if need be, god bless all of you in Texas, and god bless the U.S.A…………………………..

    • There is a trial going on now where a young person was shot. He was in someone’s home uninvited, taking things that were not his. His relatives questioned why didn’t the female owner wait to come home from work until the perpetrator left the house, before she shot the loser. The relatives says this is the only way he could get money to buy his clothes, things, and schooling. Can you believe these people.

    • You should check out the USCCA.com, they provide a defense shield that every law abiding gun owner must have.

  2. I read the article and can see that they are feeling their way around a person’s legal right to carry. They are looking for a way to push the issue and drag a citizen into court. They are exploring ways to harass and intimidate law abiding citizen who choose to “open-carry”.

      • Colorado is another state (we used to be a red state. now mostly only in the rural areas) that has been changed by outsiders moving in. Why is it they don’t like what they had where they came from, then turn around and try to change us to what hey had..

  3. Open carry is a right every American has and the 2nd Amendment SHOULD make that legal WITHOUT a ‘permit’ issued by ANY government. And furthermore, where are these other ‘5 pages’ of this document that police are using to harass open carry gun owners? Certainly, you have to ability to scan and post them and not simply inflame an already hot topic.

    • I agree that people should be able to carry a weapon, concealed or not concealed. However I will add that people who open carry are showing off and just asking for trouble. Therefore I will NOT open carry even if it is illegal.

  4. JAmes,
    I am in Idaho where open carry is permitted. Concealed carry permits are also available for urban areas where they are best suited. I do not know the extent of the Connecticut laws but I have no plans for going there. All I can say here is that any infringement of firearms in any fashion is Unconstitutional, period. I would never consider going without a firearm anywhere in a large eastern city. Self defense is mandatory for me.

  5. I’d like some examples of what constitutes this harassment. Is there a link to this handbook so we can read it and be prepared?

  6. Ohio has no open carry law that permits you from carrying an open firearm in Ohio so you can carry open even without a permit.
    But we’re the law will get you on is inducing panic so if you are a permit holder you’re better off keeping it concealed.
    Remember concealment is the element of surprise

  7. Iam so tired of the Government, the states and corporations making their own laws to try and override our Constitutional Rights! I think we the people should just start making our own laws and start in forcing them, for example if anyone does try to make bulls hit laws that we know are only being made up to screw us then whoever made that rule, policy or law will be executed by firearm, hanging or guillotine!!! And this would stop idmediatly!!! In the wild west they would hang you just for stealing a dam horse!!! How much worse is it to make up BS laws to tread on our Constitutional Rights!!! Right to bare arms keeps the peace!!!

  8. Lets face it, a tyrannical socialist establishment does not want citizens to have firearms for any reason. And they prey on emotions after every incident of any kind of shootings demanding stricter controls that in the end are totally ineffective. That’s why we need to be very vocal and very vigilant as to who we elect into public office every year.
    The second amendment was created to protect the people from tyranny, whether at the federal, state or local level and should never be abridged, ever in any way.
    Also, no police force is omnipresent, it can’t be. And given the attitudes of some law enforcement and the restrictive procedures imposed on them, citizens must ensure their right to protection at all levels without recrimination.
    Lets face it, the enemy of the people has many faces some wear masks, some wear badges, some wear foreign uniforms, some will kill in the name of religion and some hold elected positions. We the People cannot afford for our own sake, if not the sake of our children to allow politicians or designated representatives to place us in harms way of any kind from threats foreign or domestic.

    The people of Connecticut and everywhere should jump to their feet whenever such repressive evidence comes to light and march down to their state and local officials to put a stop to any constitutional infringements. Its not just our right, but our duty to ourselves, our country, and our children.

  9. Maybe if enough police departments and officers get sued for violate several parts of the constitution, then maybe the harassment will stop. This Attorney General should be removed from office for not doing what he swore to when he took the oath of his office. You support and defend the Constitution!

  10. Thank you for noticing the problem in Connecticut. This state is run by Liberals who have lost all critical thinking skills. Idiocy has become the norm, and they use it as a psychological baseline. If one has the ability to think and question, they are branded as having mental problems. Anyone stepping out of the Party guidelines is punished, including teachers and medical professionals. The judicial system is not by law, but by administration, based on Liberal agenda.

  11. What I want to see in Texas is permitless Carry, I have a problem with the ATF having an record of everyone having a firearm. With a record of your permit that gives them the right to search your home any time they want to. I might have some firearms I don’t want them to see.

  12. Old but true saying goes as follows:The people will generally get pretty much the sort of government that they didn’t vote against.

  13. Never have read anywhere in our Constitution’s Bill of Natural Rights where a law abiding citizen needs a permit to open carry a gun. Heck there is nothing about concealed permits either . So socialist political agenda on all restrictions is the only answer . Do believe that there are humans that will do harm to other humans . However a gun would equalize or squelch / stop the irrational human from doing harm. However if you have people that believe a sign that states “gun free zone” makes the area safe then God help you for you might as well state that irrational crazies can harm or kill with no fear of a good guy with a gun.

  14. Everything our government especially the liberals do is to take our freedoms away and in the wake of citizens getting madder and madder is going to lead to a uprising.

    • I’ve seen, since the early 80’s, an increase in such laws. Of course they’re unconstitutional, but the anti’s have slowly learned year by year, state by state to work around the law by simply being more politically proactive than us. In the 90’s, I wrote a lot of op-eds, actively signed new NRA members up and was told by fellow firearm owners that I was Chicken Little and the sky was falling. They hid behind and trusted the 2nd Amendment to protect them, e.g. “I hunt and have no need for these so-called assault-rifles”. Now they’ve all changed there tune and are prepared for civil war if necessary while survival websites make money by scaring hell out of people. Once these idiotic laws are passed they are seldom reversed. Even retired law enforcement joins with us because individual corrupted city laws are passing which includes them. The only thing this president has done for us is bring his corruption and the lunacy of anti-2nd Amendment laws to the forefront and crap doesn’t always float, thankfully his stuff is sinking, leaving office, the sooner the better. His twin sister by soviet default will hopefully be in jail before she finishes campaigning…but don’t bet on it.

    • Sneak across the border and dump some dog crap with the a note to the Anti-Gunners in the state.

  15. So where is the full copy of the Memo nay manual. Lets get it fully exposed to the public!!!

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    February 5th 2016, Connecticut’s Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Sugrue published a memorandum to the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office detailing first what everyone in Connecticut should already know:

  16. Please make the details public at your earliest convenience. I have family in Connecticut and also got pulled over in New York because of NRA/2nd amendment bumper stickers. (No, the cop wouldn’t admit it…) As a Pennsylvania resident, I’m disarmed every time I go into that two-bit state and am required to do so on a regular basis due to family and business obligations.

  17. There is a very good reason Our Founding Fathers felt compelled to cover Our American Rights in this Republic. For centuries, America has attracted the unsavory strangers, pirates, schemers, robbers, murderers,
    to our shores to steal the enviable items which Americans have worked for, invented, mined, or saved up-and by hook and by crook America has attracted THE COMMUNISTS every decade to live in Our Freedom while spouting The Communist Rules for Revolution, and The Communist Takeover of America-45 Declared Goals. Our former Great Leaders and Patriotic Congress have exposed many of the US COMMUNISTS preying on US
    SOILS, to the country of patriotic legal citizens, into the open and sent them to prison for their crimes (except the CLINTONS and their TREASONOUS SELLING OF THE US MISSILE ROCKET TECHNOLOGY TO CHINA, and the US 20% URANIUM ASSETS TO RUSSIA. Their government history lists pages of inappropriate activities as President and First Lady, which do not portray any Founding Fathers Patriotic characteristics of fame.
    THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE slipped a ringer into the Presidential Caucus, British Protectorate
    Kenyan born, Muslim Schooled, and Communist Tutored, illegal and ineligible candidate to run for office. By the Immigration Public Law, He should have not been allowed to enter the US Mainland on a Visa as a foreign
    Muslim Student, whose foreign applicant into America, in spite of the Public Law 414, June 27,1952, Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” Immigration of Aliens to the US, which remains in effect today. Naturalization Nationality Laws which prohibits Islam Immigrants who abide by The KORAN, SHARIA LAW, HADITH which requires complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. “ANY ORGANIZATION THAT ADVOCATES THE OVERTHROW OF OUR U.S. GOVERNMENT ARE PROHIBITED. ”
    AMERICA HAS SEEN THE WAYWARD ILLEGAL ACTIONS OF BARACK HUSSEIN SOETORO now OBAMA IGNORES
    THE U.S. CONSTITUTION POLICY AND PROCEDURES OF THE US GOVERENMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE OVAL
    OFFICE, THE U.S. SOUTHERN BORDER CRIMES OF ‘THE ILLEGAL,IMMIGRANT ALIENS FROM ENEMY LANDS’
    INTO THE USA, WITHOUT THE SAFETY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION. THE ‘hand picked by President Obama, of the First Muslim Women Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo, on December 10,2015, for the first
    sanctioned Sharia Court-which Sharia Law is illegal, and considered ‘ CRIMES in The U.S. Judicial System of
    America. The Clintons are as bad as the Obamas illegal crimes. SAVE AMERICA AT THE ELECTIONS.

    to RUSSIA. The US DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE committed their TREASON
    SSIA, among other tax free activities with other countries on this planet.

  18. AMEREICANS, IT IS TIME TO FIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. THE CLINTONS AND THE OBAMAS ARE TURNING THE
    USA INTO THEIR OWN VERSION OF GOVERNMENT WHICH IS TREASON. The Public Law 414, Chapter 2, Section 212 of June 27, 1952 refers to Immigration Nationality and Naturalization Act. THE PROHIBITION OF ENTRY TO THE USA, if the alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic Immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the illegal, ineligible Kenyan born foreign student President illegally endorsed by the Democratic National Committee. Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antith3etical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All
    Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government, Obama’s First Muslim Women Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo was handpicked by Obama to head the first illegal Federally sanctioned Sharia Court. Sharia Law is considered crimes to the American Judicial Law
    System and illegal in America.

  19. Islam, by law, is prohibited from US Immigration. The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 is Public Law 414, Chapter 2 Section 212 the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.”
    This law is being ignored by the Obama White House, Islamic Immigration to the US would be prohibited un this law, because the KORAN. SHARIA LAW. and the HADITH all require complete submission to ISLAM, which is antithetical to the US Government, The Constitution, and to the Republic.
    https://en.wikipedia,org/wiki/Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. Clinton will just drive America into the
    ditch again……….and to the United Nations AGENDA 21 Dictatorship. RESEARCH AND LEARN WHAT’S RIGHT.

  20. Our American Rights state that the US Unorganized Militia has the right to own as many guns as we can afford. It is necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall NOT be infringed. Since this President is not a legal nor an eligible President, as born in the British Protectorate of Kenya, and Schooled in the Muslim School of Kenya, and tutored in Communism by Frank Marshall Davis, Communist .
    The DNC has mocked the US Citizens by running a Soetoro foreign Student as a Presidential candidate illegally and in the Crime of Treason.
    Donald Trump also is very educated and experienced for the position of President, ahead of the foreign alien
    who has lost any attempt at being the President of the United States of America. There is a law against allowing Islamists to enter the USA, Public Law 414, Chapter 2, Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” Our Right to bear Arms are necessary to drive away the traitors to the US Republic. It is Our Time To Protect Our Republic and to drive the enemies away or hanged.

  21. Want to meet some serious brain damaged trash with a lot of money, go to Connecticut. They are the ones who are forcing lawmakers to use the police as tools of harassment. These are the very same morons who are dumping millions of dollars into Hitlery Clinton’s foundation, political campaign and overseas bank accounts. These are the social criminals of like stripe that ruined every country in Europe during the 20th century. Now they’re trying their damnedest to screw us too. Every self respecting American should avoid the Connecticut cesspool.

  22. When push comes to shove, I’ll be doing a lot of pushing back to protect my constitutional rights. Any laws that violate my right to keep and bear arms will be considered by me to be null and void and totally illegal. I will not obey such laws that violate my rights, plain and simple. The liberals will get the message sooner than later. They are only cowards that choose to hide behind unconstitutional laws. Come out in the open and fight like a man. ! ! !

  23. It’s the nature of government to invade personal privacy, and that’s the justification for eternal vigilance. Teach your children to be on the alert for governmental invasiveness as they grow into adulthood.

  24. I have a daughter now living in Ct.. when she and her husband come to visit, they often want to shoot some guns. They are not going to get any to shoot in Ct. My wife and I left New York for many reasons, including gun control. After I witnessed a very violent assault of a teenage girl, right in front of my house, I was done. Being disabled, and disarmed, I was not in any position to intervene. I did however call 911 instantly, and what followed was insane, and a great example of the need to being able to defend yourself, and your family. The first words out of this useless 911 operator were the new normal, “Do they have any weapons? ” my reply was something that even surprised me, “I don’t know, should I go out and see, and if you hear a bang sound, will you then send the police?” Meanwhile, the victim was being punched in the face by a guy twice her size, and his buddies were encouraging him, and of course, the moron on the phone still hadn’t done any thing. This was at 1 AM. The town in which we lived, had more cops than any place I have ever lived. She told me that the police had been notified. I took not of the time, and then I waited for exactly 7 minutes for the police to arrive. We lived one house from an intersection, and the four poluce cars arrived at exactly the same time, from four different directions. Of course the teens were long gone, and these HEROS then had nothing to do. Those $100, 000.00 plus a year, ROBOTS proceeded to sit on the hoods of the four cars, and they shot the shit for two full hours. I was too stupid to have the presence of mind to record this incedent. That was in Suffolk County, New York. Coincidentally it is just across the Long Island Sound, from Connecticut. I could never get a carry permit there, despite having Secret Clearance, and no arrests. It was abundantly clear, we had to move. So far, Pa. has a sensible approach to guns. I am not counting on that going forward, if The Wicked Witch of the East gets elected, I am sure she will disarm her home state first.

    It is a crap shoot out there people, do not surrender your rights, no matter how small the infringement is, it is a foothold for future governmental power grabs. It’s a gungle out there, be prepared.

  25. Next time any limp wristed liberal coward gets in your face about gun control, calmly put this question to him/her; ” are you willing to sacrifice your life for the purpose of denying me my right to self preservation?”
    Likely not. But they would be more than willing to sacrifice the lives of LEOs’ and soldiers to that end.

  26. CT is one of those communist states that I refuse to work in due to their lack of respect for the 2nd Amendment.

  27. This is where police get the idea. 6 words; “Reasonable Articulable Suspicion of a Crime.”
    Now, a Police Officer with any common sense AT ALL KNOWS that a criminal who has just committed a crime with a handgun is not going to be carrying it legally. If he does, there will be something he will be giving away.
    The only reason the cops are harassing them is to throw their weight around to instill Fear and Authority! The Officers which do so should be evaluated, for they are the “Bullys With Badges” and themselves have something to hide!

  28. Um, Okay, You say there was a memorandum to the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office put out by Connecticut’s Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Sugrue. you have illuminated us as to what is on page 1 but you state the document goes on for five more pages. So where is the documentation on pages 2,3,4,5, & 6??? If you can obtain what was on page one (which just happens to support our way of thinking) why is it you have no information on this so called “Handbook for Harassment”? I for one would like to know what was said and how it was said. Why is it you managed to not print that part of the story? I think most of us gun owners would like to read that part because that is what we are going to run up against not what is on page one and I would think the rest of you would want to know the same thing. Why is is you guys always report the icing on the cake but you some how always manage to leave out the meat and potatoes of the story, the stuff we really want to know? Yeh, I know, things that make you go Hmmmmmm? It’s real nice to have the catchy patriotic rattle snake and “PREPARED GUN OWNERS” logo but if you were truly trying to keep gun owners prepared you would give them/us all the information, the whole story or “The rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. I am beginning to wonder just how committed you guys really are to the people you say you stand for? The crux of this whole comment is why would you send people out there into a potentially fatal situation with police telling them only what the law says they can do but not telling them the most important part which is “This is how they are going to try to turn the tables on you” Why would you do that, especially when you obviously have the information that could keep us from falling victim???? Wow….who’s side are you guys on anyway?

  29. I grew up in Connecticut, and have family there and in upstate NY. Thank god I now live in Florida where the gun laws are sane. My relatives are welcome to visit me, but I have no desire to disarm myself so I can visit them. I prefer to carry concealed so that those who might want to do me harm don’t know that I’m carrying and my armed defense can surprise them. That also protects me from the anti-gun crazies who have gotten people killed by police because the crazies called the cops to report a “suspicious armed person.” (Like the guy in Walmart who got shot because he was carrying an air rifle he’d gotten off the shelf.)

  30. Connecticut has a long heritage of firearms mfg industry which the leftist liberal crowd there totally ignores. They have run off multiple manufacturers with the ridiculous anti-gun legislative actions and prevailing leftist attitudes and now are crying over the pitiful state of the fiscal bankruptcy being experienced. I say- any firearms industry manufacturers still doing business out of communist Connecticut- RUN NOW!! Take a clue from what they did to Stag Arms! The idea that it can’t happen to you, because you do everything “by the book” cannot be trusted to protect your business from a government forced sale at a mandated price! This is essentially imminent domain policy being applied to private enterprise. If you’re ok with that, fine, just know that in the future I, and many like-minded consumers will be ignoring your products in favor of similar items which support a tax-base in a more Constitutionally friendly state. More and more of us are boycotting products manufactured in states which deny their citizens full Second Amendment rights. Take note!! Either lobby and speak out for REAL change or prepare for lower numbers on your bottom line.

  31. No matter WHAT we seem to do and just how well we all obey the laws they are always MORE than willing to try and pick a fight with us ! WHY ? If this keeps ramping up on a massive scale and a national level there’s going to be a breaking point eventually and there really doesn’t need to be ! To paraphrase the old saying “If you give them an inch they’ll take a million miles” and then some !!!

  32. There’s an old southern saying “Never kick a sleeping dog” , you might just get your damn leg bit off !!! Sometimes it’s better to just let sleeping dogs lie ! If they keep pushing and ramping things like this up they may get a lot more than their legs “bit off” ! Intimidation is foolish ! It puts those that intimidate in a very dangerous position when they don’t need to be !

  33. Well maybe, just maybe the police in Conn. should be made aware of USC Title 18, Sections 241 & 242 & the idiot who wrote the “method” to be used to harass citizens exercising a Constitutional right. Just for their info they a committing a FELONY by doing so.

    CONSPIRACY AGAINST RIGHTS–TITLE 18, Section 241
    Summary:
    Section 241 of Title 18 is the civil rights conspiracy statute. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her
    by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same). Unlike most conspiracy statutes, Section 241 does not require that one of the conspirators commit an overt act prior to the conspiracy becoming a crime. The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241
    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate
    any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District
    in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him
    by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having
    so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

    DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW
    Summary:
    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.
    The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or
    custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory,
    Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights,
    privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws
    of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not
    more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts
    committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use,
    attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or
    fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years,
    or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this
    section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap,
    aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual
    abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned
    for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

    Fine & jail a few police officers in CN & see how much longer they try to intimidate law abiding citizens for exercising their rights.

    Semper Fidelis, Bill Randolph, USMC ’53-’61

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