Connecticut Cop on Leave After Threatening Gun Owners “Can’t Wait to Kick in Your Doors to Confiscate Guns”

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UPDATE: Since the release of this article, Branford Police have confirmed that Officer Peterson has been placed on paid leave while an internal investigation is carried out.

A Connecticut man revealed shocking comments allegedly made by a Branford police officer, Joseph Peterson, one of the state’s most highly decorated officers, who has openly defended door-to-door gun confiscation.

After the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Conn. lawmakers mandated that all “assault rifles” and “high capacity” magazines be banned, requiring all in circulation to be registered with the state. Fearing the obvious move towards confiscation, the vast majority of gun owners have refused to submit, with estimates finding less than 13 percent of rifles being registered.

Navy veteran and firefighter John Cinque, who made national news after telling state lawmakers he would not comply with gun registration, briefly commented on the officer’s statements in a discussion with gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti last Friday.

“I’ve had contact with a police officer in my home town, I live in Branford, and his words straight out were, ‘I cannot wait to get the order to kick your door in,’” Cinque said.

“It happened on Facebook… He posted to a thread on my wall,” Cinque said. “I have known him personally for 20 years. He was interacting with other friends of mine and it was directly about the video.”


In multiple screenshots captured from the lengthy conversation, Peterson continually argued that law enforcement were not obligated to defy unconstitutional laws. Instead, Peterson stated that he would follow any order given, even if it meant confiscating firearms from close friends.

“But like I said I didn’t make the law,” Peterson told Cinque. “But if it comes down to that then I guess we see how you would respond…”

“I’m not going for any warrants… but if my dept gets them and we have to serve them I will see you then.”

As the conversation’s audience continued to grow, Peterson repeated his pledge, telling multiple people that he would never hesitate to carry out confiscation.

“So if they make a law confiscating guns… You will enforce it?” a Cameron Smith asks in a separate screenshot as Peterson reiterates his stance.

LeftNutPeterson0Angered by comments pointing out the state’s unconstitutional law, Peterson goes as far as to say that he would love to knock down Smith’s door personally.

“I give my left nut to bang down your door and come for your gun,” Peterson said. “Hey everyone Cameron is a criminal law breaking psycho.”

Receiving considerable backlash, Peterson quietly disabled his Facebook page following the conversation, although a screenshot was obtained beforehand.

Despite the inability of several officers to understand what a constitutional law entails, Cinque revealed that countless Conn. officers are opposed to the state’s ruling.

“As for the cops who will stand with the people… there are many,” Cinque said. “None have spoken publicly but in private i know many who do not like this one bit… they realize they are being used.”

“They are supporters of the Constitutional rights of the people, but they need to speak publicly soon.”

Officer Peterson’s mentality is eerily similar to that of Conn. State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance, who recently told one woman that he was “the master” after being asked about gun confiscation.

Although police have begun sending out letters demanding residents comply with the law, Second Amendment activists are standing by their line in the sand. As the police leadership takes its time to analyze the situation, one gun group is now demanding the law be enforced or repealed.

“If the state does not have the stomach to enforce these laws, then the legislature has until May 7th, 2014 to completely repeal these immoral edicts and let the residents of Connecticut return to their rightfully owned property and former exercise of constitutional rights and practices without any threat of State violence,” a press release from Connecticut Carry reads.

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  • Bob Beatty

    Come bang down my door Mr. Peterson. You won’t leave happy.

    • Greg S.

      He would probably need some help leaving my place.

    • Hoodoo H

      Maybe he won’t leave.

    • Smokedamage

      He will leave my house in a body bag….

  • Freedom Lover 67

    Jack booted thug…I hope the Nazis in your state government don’t pass a law to load gun owners into cattle cars and ship them off to the ovens. Good old Peterson would just be doing his job….

    • Hoodoo H

      I wonder if law enforcement and other officials would be doing this same thing in the future, realizing what they had done to their country?
      1945 – German POWs weep and sit in disgust as they watch footage shot at a German concentration camp

  • Robert Jaspers

    I’m glad I don’t live in Connecticut. Officer Peterson needs to have HIS gun taken away permanently and given a nice, quiet, and safe, desk job. Personally, I don’t think he sounds like much of a professional at his job. If he worked for me and said that to a citizen in public or on Facebook I might just take away his badge too.

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  • Hoodoo H

    Has somebody tested this cop for ROIDS ??!!!

    • colleenf

      He probably is not on steroids. Have you seen the guy who plays Thor in the movie?? These guys work out a lot and the work outs are intense.
      Besides, it does take Mother Nature’s own hormone….testosterone.

  • gene1seabolt

    Old “Petey: would give his left nut because he has no right nut; he’s obviously one of those sad punks who has a gun and a badge and lacks a “set” of nuts!

  • Art Weaver

    Mr Peterson, a warning. There are a few of your fellow officers that will pat you on the ass and congratulate you for raping the constitution. Most will not.
    More to the point, there are tens of thousands from Texas alone ready to come to the aid of those whose rights you would take glee in violating. I’m sure there are also many in your state and surrounding states that would take great pleasure in watching you be taken down a knotch or two!
    You should be and will be made ashamed of both your words and your actions should you take them. You are not a professional, not a peace officer, your not even a half-ass citizen of this country! Your oath of certification as a peace officer included your assurance that you would uphold and defend the constitution.
    Your words and threats defy your oath and you revile the forefathers, this makes your oath invalid, and makes you NOT an officer of the law!
    Just another Benedict Arnold and a traitor to this nation! (Worst of all these are people who have called you friend that you would both threaten and I’m sure act agaist gleefully given the chance.) A warning to all that would call this man friend….he is no-ones friend!

  • TiredVET1

    You know if every one in that state just cut a trail out and moved think of the money they will lose but then again they don’t care about the money what does that tell ya.

  • David Lenord

    Hope the last thing Officer Joseph Peterson see’s after he kicks someone’s door in is a larger bright muzzle flash.

  • Ron

    fire the S O B —who do these people thimk they are—kick my door open and it may well be the very last thing he does..—-just fire him and put the town out of it’s misery—Hitler could have used an ass like this

  • SoWhatBubb

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
    — Thomas Jefferson

  • LetsJustVoidTheBillOfRights

    The NEED for a psychiatric review of Officer Peterson could not be more clear. His weapon and badge should be removed IMMEDIATELY, pending the results of such review and, if warranted, his employment should be terminated. Further, it is incumbent upon his superiors to take immediate action in this matter. Failure to do so should be grounds for suspension and possible termination of those superiors as well.

  • mrsgunnut10

    Why give this NUT a paid vacation . It’s the people’s doors that he wants to break down or kick in, that PAY his Salary. Change the rules Police Chief and City Board Members, he will kick in/break down your doors also. TSgt., USAF Retired.

  • Kenneth DeWit Jr

    WHY ARE THEY NOT FIRING THIS OUTRIGHT PUNK MAD MAN?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • thedogrules

    I own a gun shop in Illinois and have asked several of the local and state police that come in about gun confiscation, most stated no way would they do that, #1, it is against the constitution, #2, they like living. But just like this nut, there are some that would follow the orders given to them no matter how wrong the orders are.

  • David Lenord

    Hope that cop reaches room temperature soon.