CT Lawmakers Propose Registration for All Guns and Requiring Permits for Pistol Grips and Ammo Purchases

January 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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Two Democratic state lawmakers in CT have proposed a bill that would require all firearms be immediately registered with the state and have a biennial review of their registration and guns. Those who failed to comply would instantly become criminals.

Rifles that have a pistol grip would require an additional, special permit.

The law would also require one to obtain yet another permit in order to purchase ammunition as well as outlawing online purchases of ammo.

The bill also contains a requirement for safely storing and locking up firearms, but the requirement isn’t 100% clear yet.

The bill would also limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and label almost any semi-automatic rifle an “assault weapon” under CT law.

Here is the full text of the bill:

Proposed Bill No. 161

Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY

Introduced by:

SEN. BYE, 5th Dist.

REP. GODFREY, 110th Dist.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended with respect to firearms, assault weapons and ammunition to: (1) Prohibit individuals from possessing certain ammunition feeding devices that accept more than ten rounds; (2) designate a semiautomatic rifle as an assault weapon under subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 53-202a of the general statutes if such rifle has only one of the enumerated features set forth in said subparagraph, rather than two of such enumerated features as currently provided; (3) require a permit for any rifle with a pistol grip; (4) exempt from the provisions of subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of this section firearms defined as curios or relics under 27 CFR 478.11 that are owned by a collector under subsections (c) and (d) of 27 CFR 478.41; (5) require a person to obtain a permit in order to purchase ammunition and prohibit the purchase of ammunition by any person who is not legally authorized to possess a firearm; (6) prohibit the purchase of ammunition through the Internet; (7) amend section 53a-217 and chapter 529 of the general statutes to prohibit the storage of any firearm, rather than only a loaded firearm as currently provided, and ammunition in a manner that allows access by a person under the age of eighteen, rather than a person under the age of sixteen as currently provided; and (8) require individuals to register all firearms with state law enforcement officials, and require biennial renewal of such registration.

Statement of Purpose:

To reduce gun violence and limit the availability of especially dangerous firearms.

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