Gun Activist Says He Sent High-Capacity Magazines To Guvs For Christmas

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For one gun activist, high-capacity magazines were the perfect Christmas gift to send a message to pro-gun control governors.

Mike Vanderboegh, the blogger at Sipsey Street Irregulars who is credited with turning Operation Fast and Furious into a subject of national news, said he sent forbidden ammunition to the governors of Connecticut, Colorado and Maryland, the New Haven Register reported Thursday.

Vanderboegh wrote in letters posted on his blog and dated Dec. 18 that he sent a 30-round magazine to both Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy (D). After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Connecticut passed a package of gun control legislation that outlawed new magazines holding over 10 rounds, while Colorado’s new gun control laws restrict magazine capacity to 15 rounds

Vanderboegh told the Register Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) office signed for a 20-round magazine he sent along with a letter also dated Dec. 18. Maryland’s new gun legislation, also enacted in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting, limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

Spokespeople for Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy (D) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told the Register that no such packages had arrived in their offices. As the Register points out, it’s unlikely that such a package would be delivered as it would have to first be vetted by police. 

Vanderboegh was undeterred. He told the Register that Hickenlooper’s package “should have delivered no later than Christmas Eve. Apparently went out for delivery today. That’s the postal turtle for you.”

 

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