BUT WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 30, 2013) — On April 4, 2013, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act 13-3, which reclassified approximately 100 firearms as “assault weapons” requiring registration with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) before January 1, 2014.

On Monday, hundreds of firearms owners flocked to the DESPP office in Middletown to comply with the law before Tuesday’s deadline.

Under the act, whose constitutionality has been challenged in federal court, “large capacity magazines” holding more than ten rounds must be registered along with newly-identified “assault rifles.”  Such weapons can no longer be purchased in Connecticut.

One lawsuit challenging the new statute was dismissed for “lack of standing,” while one filed by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) has oral argument scheduled for January 30 at the federal courthouse in Hartford.

A blogger described the law’s new requirements as a “Nazi-inspired registration scheme.”  Proponents say that the legislation is “the strongest and most comprehensive gun legislation in the nation.”

In October, the CCDL reported that Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy provided erroneous advice to a caller on a radio show about a requirement of the new gun law.  “…apparently, he doesn’t know what he signed into law,” CCDL stated.

A 1994 firearms law required the registration of assault weapons, the definition of which has been expanded by the new law to include “some semi-automatic pistols;” pistols used for “world class precision target shooting,” even if possessing fewer than ten rounds; “Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or any of the following specified semiautomatic firearms;” and “any combination of parts from which an assault weapon could readily be assembled.”

According to the 2013 law, high-capacity magazines must be registered with the DESPP before January 1, 2014 with proof as to its date or purchase.  Magazines and assault weapons not registered by Tuesday will reportedly be considered “illegal contraband.”

After December 31, purchases of large-capacity magazines and assault weapons can be made in Connecticut only by an employee of a state agency such as the Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Corrections, or a “sworn” member of law enforcement or the military or other excepted professions.

Connecticut does not allow the carrying of a firearm in a state park or forest for self-defense.

PA 13-3 and an amendment to it, PA13-220, were passed in response to the deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14, 2012, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into the school and gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators, then took his own life.

In the course of the Sandy Hook investigation, it was discovered that Lanza had written and illustrated a book about a fictional character named “Granny” who conducted violent acts against children.  The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is reportedly dissatisfied with a report issued by State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky because members say it lacks crucial mental health information on Lanza.

The investigation has revealed that Lanza was reported to have been diagnosed at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and autism.

At the end of its 2013 session, the Connecticut General Assembly allocated $27 million to improve access to mental health services in the state.

Gun violence has grown in the Connecticut cities of New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford over the last 20 years, partly because of gang membership by youths.

Connecticut has no county sheriffs, does not allow for the collection of signatures for ballot initiatives, and has no grand juries to review criminal evidence prior to charging a defendant.  The state’s insurance department has recently issued a “directive” to “all health insurance companies operating in the state to provide coverage of mental health counseling, hormone therapy, surgery and other treatments related to a patient’s gender transition.”

 

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  1. The Connecticut criminals and gang members have won in another Democratic state? First “registration” then “confiscation”. Kennesaw, Georgia was the model city. After a judge there saw Illinois ban guns he passed a law that everyone in the town had to own a gun unless it was against religious preference. Crime went down 87% in the town. Most citizens are responsible gun owners and our Constitution allows us to bear arms to protect ourselves. Most states have different carry laws but in every state that allows carry, most crime levels plunge. The punks and criminals think twice as they know there could be retaliation for their criminal acts. Liberal morons think that all guns are bad and others think that liberals are bad and they have ruined our nation. They aren’t going away, they won’t stop, all you can try to do is out purchase them with litigation and advertising. They only generate waste and confusion while innocent people that are daily victims of crime can’t protect themselves. The liberals are responsible for all the people that die from being disarmed. Sharon, you may be the only conservative left in Connecticut soon.

  2. “When people fear the government, tyranny reigns – when the government fears the people, freedom reigns” … I’m sorry for anyone who feels they have to live in that God-forsaken state when there are 49 more to choose from (or 56 more according to Obama).
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    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I feel your pain…!