Texas Law Shield has learned that many AR-15 owners in Connecticut didn’t register their rifles with the state when a new law went into effect Dec. 31, 2013.
That law banned the sale of AR-15s in Connecticut. It also required owners of existing AR-style firearms to disclose they owned the semi-auto rifles.
How many registration scofflaws are there? The Hartford Courant newspaper reported “the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons [sic] well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000.”
Whatever is the state to do?
Well, the Courant doesn’t mind turning some of its readers into felons, if that’s what it takes.
A Feb. 14 editorial in the newspaper said, “But the bottom line is that the state must try to enforce the law. Authorities should use the background check database as a way to find assault weapon purchasers who might not have registered those guns in compliance with the new law.”
Quoting further from the editorial, “Guns defined in state law as assault weapons can no longer be bought or sold in Connecticut. Such guns already held can be legally possessed if registered. But owning an unregistered assault weapon is a Class D felony. Felonies cannot go unenforced.”
The paper goes on to say that it believes many gun owners are unaware of their obligation to register military-style assault weapons and would do so if given another chance.
What’s your view? Are Connecticut gun owners flouting the new state law, or are they simply not paying attention? Let us hear from you in the comments below.