BREAKING: CT May Offer “Gun Amnesty” After Concerns About “Assault Weapon” and Magazine Registration
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Hmmmm, looks like Connecticut’s registration process is already hitting a snag. According to media reports, there are some concerns that many people who tried to register their “assault weapons” (that’s Connecticut’s term, not ours) and standard capacity magazines (yes, you have to now register magazines that hold over 10 rounds in CT).
Based on the numbers we reported last week, it looks like around 50,000 firearms and 40,000 magazines were registered. Those numbers don’t really jive as most firearm owners possess at least 2 magazines for their firearms.
Could there be some major civil disobedience going on in CT? According to Google, the population of Connecticut is 3.59 million people as of 2012. 50,000 gun registrations seems extremely low for a population that size.
According to The Courant,
About 50,000 assault weapons were registered last year, and close to 40,000 people declared possession of magazines – many of them doing so during the final days of December. But legislative leaders in recent weeks have raised concerns with the governor’s office that some individuals who attempted to register their weapons were prevented from doing so as a result of early post office closings on New Year’s Eve.
“It had come to my attention and the attention of others that many people who were attempting in good faith to comply with the law…were not able to because of what I would argue were circumstances not under their control,” said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who said he has been in discussion with other lawmakers about a possible amnesty period for people who tried to register but failed to do so.
Post offices closed at noon on Dec. 31, and as a result, “many citizens” dropped their paperwork in the mail on Dec. 31, but had it returned because it was not postmarked until Jan. 2, said McKinney, who last week wrote a letter to the governor’s office asking them to process the applications postmarked Jan. 2.
So, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people waited until the last absolute second to send in this paperwork? I’m thinking not. I think this “amnesty” deal is a chance for anti-gun politicians to try and save face after a massive civil disobedience movement was discovered.