Why Conn. Assault Weapon Owners May Now Be Felons
Tens of thousands haven't registered
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 13, 2014 2:10 PM CST
Timothy Coley, left, of Bristol Conn. and Josephy Boniface of East Granby Conn. talk during a gun rights rally at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford Conn. on Saturday April 20, 2013.    (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Jared Ramsdell)

(Newser) – The vast majority of assault weapon owners in Connecticut appear to have totally ignored the state's new law requiring them to register the guns. Police received 47,916 permit applications by the Dec, 31 deadline, reports Dan Haar at the Hartford Courant, which sounds like a lot—until you realize that by some estimates there are many as 350,000 assault weapons in the state. That means that tens of thousands of people have now committed Class D felonies—in some cases, possibly without having realized it.

The state's top criminal justice official says authorities won't aggressively hunt down violators. "A lot of people, they just do not know about this law," says the head of a gun advocacy group. Many are calling on the state to reopen registration with a broader outreach campaign. But that might not bring in everyone; one senator said a constituent had told him that his friends were actively refusing to register. "He made the analog to prohibition. I said, 'You're talking about civil disobedience,' and he said, 'Yes.'" Click for the full story.

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usmcmailman
Feb 16, 2014 3:12 PM CST
"They" better get used to peoples non-compliance !............MOLON LABE !
victor
Feb 16, 2014 11:27 AM CST
Assault is a verb not a noun. What is Conn. definition of an assault weapon? In some states a few add on items can turn a rifle into an assault weapon. Tape a scope, extended magazine and a bipod to a broom stick and it is an assault weapon
Drewzy
Feb 15, 2014 2:25 AM CST
Old and Texan?? You must be completely useless.