NSSF Statement on Passage of Connecticut Gun Ban Legislation

Connecticut has Has Fallen!! Only 48 2A States Left
Connecticut has Has Fallen!! Only 48 2A States Left
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, issued the following statement today:

Gov. Dannel Malloy today signed into law a package of gun-control legislation that was assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing.

Most legislators had little time to even read the actual bill language.

The unfortunate results of this process, which made it appear that all points of view were being heard when in fact true expertise was shut out when it was most needed, means that mistakes in what is now enacted law will have to be corrected.

For example, language in the new law specifies a procedure for licensed firearms retailers to perform mandatory “universal” background checks on private party transactions that is not permissible based on federal law and regulations governing the National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) system.

As we read it, this mistake in lawmaking means that all private party transactions in the state now cannot be accomplished legally.

We share the goal of wanting to make Connecticut safer for our citizens following the unspeakable tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the end, however, public safety has not been enhanced and the unintended consequences of behind-closed-doors lawmaking will cause considerable confusion until the General Assembly corrects its mistakes.

Here is where we stand today. Law-abiding citizens of this state now have greater restrictions on their Second Amendment and state constitutional rights while Connecticut's firearms manufacturers will be forced to seriously weigh the impact on their businesses and their employees of the state's double-standard of you can build it here, but not sell it here, public policy formulation.

We will be carefully studying all provisions of the law for possible challenge in the courts.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • 6 thoughts on “NSSF Statement on Passage of Connecticut Gun Ban Legislation

    1. Any law that is passed and worded wrong is illegal. An assault weapon is a fully automatic. There are none legal now. That makes this law illegal. Most of these laws are worded wrong because the people making and passing them have no idea of what they are talking about. Pick these laws apart and find the illegal and wrong wording that make them against the law in the first place.

    2. I have always been a proponent of tearing someone’s arm off and beating him nearly to death with it, should someone deserve such treatment. This is one of those instances.

      My proposed attack: When states make laws that affect, disturb, distort, interfere with, and/or prohibit commerce in articles that travel in interstate commerce (e.g., firearms, ammunition, magazines, etc.), they are infringing upon the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interstate commerce. The same principle which the Obama administration used to prevent certain states from attempting to exercise authority with respect to immigration (over which the feds have exclusive jurisdiction), the states should be prevented from interfering with the feds’ exclusive jurisdiction in interstate commerce, prohibiting them from making their own firearms laws. (Essentially, the Commerce Clause can be viewed as similar to state “preemption” laws that prohibit municipalities from making laws more restrictive than the state’s laws.) All current state and municipal laws concerning firearms manufacture, distribution, transfer, and sale would be rendered useless. All state bans on the ownership of firearms types, restrictions on magazines and other accessories, and other similar laws, would be obliterated.

      State-mandated background checks, magazine capacity limits, and bans upon certain weapons trespass against the federal government’s exclusive legislative/subject matter jurisdiction over articles that move in interstate commerce. In other words, the United States Constitution places subject matter jurisdiction over articles that move in interstate commerce with Congress exclusively, and no state has jurisdiction over such articles, when it legislation would affect interstate commerce in those articles. (Scenarios that demonstrate why this is, and must be, true can be easily devised, with a little imagination.)

      Obviously, the Obama administration isn’t going to bring up this argument any time soon, but I don’t see why this couldn’t be argued as part of civil suit against CT, NY, CA, etc. The feds could hardly squawk, their own principles will be in play, only this time, against their state-level buddies. They are not in a position to argue in an amicus brief that this is not so, otherwise their own argument could be thrown back at them with respect to immigration. They can’t “cherry pick” which exclusive jurisdiction they will share with the states and which they will actually consider “exclusively” theirs; exclusive jurisdiction over certain subject matter (in this case, interstate commerce) is established by the Constitution, with no discretion allowed.

    3. I think arms and ammo manufacturers should decline orders from law enforcement agencies in the state as well.

    4. I think all gun enthusiasts in Connecticut should leave the state and find a more gun friendly state. Let these idiots marinate in their own stupidity while enjoying freedom in another state.

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