Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Assault Rifle Amnesty in Effort to Get Compliance

By AWR Hawkins

So Called Assault Rifle
So Called Assault Rifle by Connecticut Lawmakers
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Washington DC – -(  Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering amnesty for co called “assault rifle” and “high capacity” magazine owners who failed to register their firearms and/or failed to declare ownership of their magazines by the January 1, 2014 deadline.

The date for registration and ownership declaration was set in the gun control legislation signed into law in Spring 2013.

According to The Courant, “about 50,000 assault weapons were registered last year, and close to 40,000 people declared possession of [high capacity] magazines.”

However, state lawmakers are worried that many more “assault rifle” and “high capacity” magazine owners may have tried to cooperate with the law but were prevented by early postal closings on New Year's Eve.

“Post offices closed at noon on December 31” and were then closed for the holiday. As a result, those who dropped their paperwork in the mail on the 31st “had it returned because it was not postmarked until January 2.”

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) said it “had come to [his] 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 [he] would argue were circumstances not under their control.”

But Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) is standing strong on the registration deadline. His office sent a letter to lawmakers explaining that those who were too late were just “too late.” The letter said, “Individuals whose late registrations were not processed… can render their magazine or firearm inoperable, sell it to a licensed gun dealer, remove it from the state, or turn it over to law enforcement.”

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  • 14 thoughts on “Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Assault Rifle Amnesty in Effort to Get Compliance

    1. The law is quite specific on this issue. The money quote:”…the Right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The Supreme Court, no less, has ruled that anything, even in the form of “law” that contradicts the Constitution is null and void at its inception, and “creates no duty to obey.” In other words, F^&*’em! Stick to your guns, folks!

      “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” – Benjamin Franklin.

    2. Seems to me that any rifle being shot at you is an assault rifle. No such thing as high cap magazine, the ones issued with the firearm are what they are designed to have. A 10 magazine is a LOW CAP magazine. Some pistols sold by Smith & Wesson come with 14 round magazines and are not available in 10 round format. So those pistols are now illegal because they can’t satisfy the magazine capacity requirements? Move to free state like I did nad the hell with the East Coast.

    3. What is next, a house to house search? Compliace = tyranny. Are the residents of CT out of their minds in allowing these “officials” to stay in office and strip them of their rights? Unbelievable.

    4. They are in violation of the second amendment, First off an AR-15 is not an assault rifle. The people of this state should sue the state.

    5. How many of those who registered their rifles are criminals or other “prohibited persons?” Once again we see that only the honest, law abiding folks are the ones who obey the law. Somewhere down the road, their rifles will be confiscated. People of Connecticut, your rights have been infringed!

    6. Hey, if you are willingly living in a slave state, and don’t mind being a slave, then don’t cry to freemen when your masters come for you. Seeing the long lines of willing slaves lined up to register their guns and mags proves that WWII Germany can happen in America.

      I believe that the quote is attributed to Ben Franklin, but it is true no matter who said it; “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    7. Or they can just store it in their house for the ultimate defense and practice at private ranges and during vacation out of state. Infringed is not that complicated.

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