In response to the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, the state of Connecticut passed a series of gun laws that went into effect at various times between the passage of the law and January 1, 2014.
The new gun laws include:
- A ban on Large Capacity Magazines (LCMs): Magazines holding more than 10 rounds cannot be sold, purchased, or imported into Connecticut.
- Universal background checks: In the past, there were no background checks on the sale or transfer of privately owned guns. Now ALL buyers must pass a national criminal background check to buy (or acquire) a firearm regardless of whether the gun is purchased in a retail store or bought or transferred privately.
- A ban on more than 100 new “assault weapons”: Since 1993 Connecticut has banned 66 types of guns. This list has been expanded to include 100+ additional guns.
Connecticut legislators think these new gun laws will somehow make their state safer. But now the state has a whole new problem: lack of compliance.
Governor Dannel Malloy and the government of the state of Connecticut are having their own “Oh, poop” moment, now that they’ve tallied the number of citizens who have registered their “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” required by the state’s unconstitutional gun laws, compared that to the estimated number of applicable weapons and magazines in the state, and realize they’ve been ignored.
Historically speaking, 90-percent or more of those required to comply with gun registration laws in the U.S. refuse to do so, and there is no reason to suspect that this registration attempt in Connecticut is any different. I’ve seen estimates of 1,000,000 firearm magazines that should have been registered under the law, but the state reports registering only 40,000… just 4 percent.
A quick glance at these numbers leads me to believe it’s not unreasonable to think there are at least 100,000 Connecticut residents who are in violation of the new gun laws, and are therefore, technically, misdemeanor criminals or even felons.
If the gun laws were actually enforced, Connecticut’s prison population would explode and the so-called “justice system” would be overwhelmed.
It will be interesting to watch what the state of Connecticut decides to do… and… how the gun-owning public responds.