Connecticut gun owners refuse to register their “assault” rifles and ammunition magazines. Considering that the first thing New York did after forcing registration was to move to confiscate them, gun owners in the Nutmeg State seem to have learned from their neighbors’ experience.
Approximately 50,000 “assault weapons” were registered and about 40,000 residents declared their large capacity magazine clips by the Dec. 31 deadline, in accordance with the law that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed in May of last year. Those numbers are far lower than estimates the state received in a 2011 report from the Office of Legislative Research.
“Based on Connecticut’s percentage of National Instant Criminal Background Check System checks in the Unites States, NSSF estimated that the number of firearms owned by Connecticut residents is about three million. About one million of these firearms are handguns, of which 21%, or 231,000 use large capacity magazines. About 1.2 million are rifles, of which 30%, or 372,000 use large capacity magazines. Assuming four magazines owned for every firearm (assuming every firearm comes standard with at least two magazines), NSSF asserts there are over 2.4 million large capacity magazines in Connecticut that originated at the retail level. The NSSF final figure is larger than this because it counts firearms already in the state and those not purchased at the retail level.”