New Connecticut Gun Registration Deadline Approaches

Dec 30, 2013

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The deadline is approaching for Connecticut residents to register high-capacity magazines and certain guns that qualify as assault weapons. Under Connecticut’s new gun law, anyone who owned a now-banned assault weapon before April 3 of this year must submit paperwork to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection by January 1, or risk possible felony charges.

Also, anyone who owned magazines that hold more than ten rounds will have to register with state authorities.

Connecticut's gun law was passed following the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. Shooter Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster rifle with a 30-round magazine that was able to fire more than 150 rounds in less than five minutes.

While waiting online to register his gun, Scott Boccio told WFSB-TV that he did not think the new gun law would keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, or reduce violence. "Unless you change everything and make it England and take everything away," he said, "I don’t see how they’re going to stop it. I understand why they’re doing it, but I don’t think its constitutional."

Oral arguments in a  lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut’s gun laws are scheduled for the end of January. 

Early on Monday morning, the line for gun registration in Meriden was long: