BREAKING: First Arrest in Connecticut for Unregistered “Assault Weapon” and Magazines
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We believe this is the first arrest for possessing an unregistered “assault weapon” and unregistered standard capacity magazine in Connecticut. It’s also a pretty messy case.
According to local media reports, a 65 year old Milford man was contacted by police after he shot a squirrel in his yard.
Upon investigation, it was found that the man also possessed an unregistered “assault weapon” (the report makes no note of what kind of firearm it actually was) as well as three “large-capacity magazines”.
The man was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to the New Haven Register.
It should also be noted that we don’t know what kind of firearm the man used to shoot the squirrel. There seems to be some assumption that he used the rifle to do so, but it appears the rifle was discovered during the police investigation. He could have very well used an air rifle or a shotgun loaded with birdshot, both of which would have presented little danger to anyone in the area.
Also, the cruelty to an animal charge for shooting a squirrel seems a bit over the top for me.
I’ll try to get some more details on this one. However, this is likely the first time anyone in Connecticut has faced charges over the new registration law.
Residents in Connecticut were given until the 1st of January to register any firearms that are now considered “assault weapons” by state law, as well as any standard capacity magazines. It is thought tens of thousands, or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of residents refused to comply with this new law in an act of civil disobedience.