The registration question


Would you register your modern sporting rifles and standard-capacity magazines with the state?

Connecticut’s new state law, one of the strictest in the county, requires anyone who currently owns a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds to register it with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, or risk felony arrest.

The new law also adds more than 100 new firearms to the 66 weapons already on the state’s “Assault Weapon” ban list. Those too need to be registered, or the owner is committing a Class D felony.

I don’t know how one would even register a magazine. I’ve never seen one with a serial number or other distinctive markings, other than a makers mark or country-of-origin stamp.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection had no information on their website Thursday about magazine registration.

I think the law is unworkable, unenforceable and confusing. Here’s an excerpt and a prime example:

Except for in an individual’s home or on the premises of a shooting range, an LCM (large capacity magazine) can never be loaded with more than 10 bullets.

Even if an individual has a permit to carry a pistol or revolver, they can never carry, other than at a shooting range, a pistol that has an LCM loaded with more than 10 bullets.

If an individual with a carry permit has a pistol that they purchased prior to the effective date that accepts an LCM, they can carry the LCM in that pistol, but only loaded with 10 bullets. Moreover, under no circumstances can the LCM in such pistol extend below the pistol grip.

If an individual has a pistol purchased after the effective date, an LCM can never be carried with that pistol other than at a shooting range. Instead, the individual must use only a magazine that takes 10 or fewer bullets in any pistol purchased from the effective date forward.

History has proven gun owners are somewhat reluctant to register their firearms when so ordered.

When New Jersey instituted an AWB in the early 1990s, less than 1,000 residents registered their arms, of the estimated 100,000 newly-minted “assault weapons” in the state.

While it’s easy to speculate about a possible course of action while safely ensconced within the borders of the Gunshine State, if I was a resident of the Nutmeg State, I think I’d be looking for some large-diameter PVC pipe and a shovel, or a U-Haul.



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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