Amnesty is being considered at the Legislature.
Many gun owners failed to meet the January1deadline for registering assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Now they are asking for amnesty because they contend that their paperwork was not processed in a timely manner by the U.S. Mail.
CAGV has written Governor Malloy and the six Legislative leaders stating that ample time was given, almost eight months, to register, and such amnesty is not warranted.
We have offered a compromise position: If amnesty is to be granted, the legislature should, at the same time, repeal CT General Statute 53-202m. The statute exempts assault weapons from the ban that were manufactured before September 13, 1993. This statute, which should have been repealed as part of the new law, was left intact and creates a serious loophole in the new law. We believe that if the State will allow amnesty for those that failed to register on time, then the General Assembly should also repeal this statute and close that loophole.
Please act now! This could happen very fast.
Click here to email your State Senator and State Representative. Tell them that if there is to be a compromise on late registration of assault weapons and large capacity magazines, they must also repeal CGS 53-202m.
Please do this now as it could happen very fast.
For more information on the repeal of CGS 53-202m please see the fact sheet linked at the top of this message.
Here is the email that will be sent to your State Representative and State Senator:
I understand that discussions are underway to grant amnesty to gun owners who filed their paperwork late for registering their assault weapons and large capacity magazines in spite of being given almost eight months to do so.
If amnesty is to be granted, the legislature should at the same time repeal CT General Statute 53-202m which exempts from the ban assault weapons manufactured before September 13, 1993. This statute, which should have been repealed as part of Public Act 13-3, An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, was left intact and creates a serious loophole in our new law. If we are to allow the failure to register on time, then we should also repeal this statute and close that loophole.
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