Conn. Gun Owners Line Up to Register Guns by January 1

By:  Raven Clabough
Conn. Gun Owners Line Up to Register Guns by January 1

Residents in Connecticut were confronted with the reality that their constitutionally protected rights are not inalienable as they stood in long lines to register their firearms. The registration is mandated by the state’s new gun law set to go into effect on January 1, 2014.

According to WFSB-TV, there was a “long-line of people” outside the Public Safety Building in Middletown, Connecticut all day December 26 to register their semi-authomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

Talking Points Memo reports, “Under a wide-ranging gun control law, passed earlier this year in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, gun owners have until Tuesday to submit the paperwork.” The new law also prohibits the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Once registered, the large-capacity magazines can be kept at owners' homes, or taken to licensed shooting ranges or gun clubs where they may be filled.  

The law also creates a statewide registry that tracks parolees whose crimes involved weapons, USA Today reports.

The mass numbers reporting to the headquarters of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) in the final days of 2013 was predicted by Governor Dannel Malloy’s Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Michael Lawlor.

"It sounds like a lot of these folks were holding off on doing it in anticipation of a potential decision or something," Lawlor observed, referring to pending legal challenges to the state law over the law’s expansions of the definition of assault weapons in Connecticut to include more banned weapons. “One thing is clear,” he added, “If you haven’t registered it, on the following day, it is completely illegal contraband.”

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