Over 30,000 Guns Classified as “Assault Weapons” by State of Connecticut Registered Ahead of Deadline
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It looks like most Connecticut residents tried to wait as long as they could to register their semi-automatic firearms, now considered “assault weapons” (and yes, that is now a legal term in the state of CT), but it looks like many people are finally filing the paperwork.
There was some hope there would be a mass defiance to the new registration requirement, but it looks like most people are turning in the forms.
According to the Courant,
As the deadline for gun-owners arrived Tuesday, upward of 30,000 Connecticut residents declared that they own at least one assault weapon and registrations were still arriving in the mail.
The big question looking forward, which we’ll never be able to answer, is this: How many owners of military-style rifles didn’t register their weapons, thereby becoming criminals as of Wednesday? And what will state officials do about it?
State officials estimated 25,000 people registered as of Friday, and since then, thousands more came in by mail and in person at State Police headquarters in Middletown. Many owned just one firearm, said Lt. Paul Vance, state police spokesman. But, he said, “There are some who have many assault weapons.”
Connecticut’s new gun laws, which went into effect the first day of 2014, enact some of the strictest registration requirements in the country.
Residents are even required to register magazines which can hold more than 10 rounds with the state.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, Connecticut was one of the main states to move quickly to enact new gun laws. This is despite the fact that Connecticut’s already strict gun laws failed to stop that shooting.