Gun owners in Connecticut are now scrambling to register certain types of weapons and ammo because the state is set to make them illegal in the next two days. In the wake of last year’s tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, state officials have now made it illegal to sell or purchase magazines with the ability to hold more than 10 rounds of ammo. The rule went into effect this past April, with members of the military and law enforcement being exceptions. More than 20,000 weapons that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammo have been purchased legally, but it will be a federal offense to have them if they’re not registered by Wednesday.
However, because the new laws have not been widely announced by public officials, many gun owners were unaware of the deadline and are now scrambling to keep their weapons. Lines at the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s headquarters have been packed in the early morning hours and the turnout is only expected to grow in the next two days.
“Many people are still not aware of the law itself, or the actual date of implementation,” said Scott Wilson, President of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League. “While CCDL wholeheartedly believes that this law is unconstitutional, we want to make sure that law-abiding gun owners do not become felons on Jan. 1.”
Although the law will go into effect in the next two days, Wilson said the CCDL fully intends to legally challenge it and believes it is a violation of Second Amendment rights.