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Starting Jan. 1, 2014, certain firearms and ammunition magazines will become illegal for Connecticut residents. With only two days left until the new gun law goes into effect, gun owners are scrambling to turn in applications for assault weapons certificates and high-capacity magazine declaration form, the Associated Press reports. The new law allows Connecticut residents to keep their assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as long as they are registered to the state before the ban takes effect.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a group that has been protesting the new law, says that most people in Connecticut are unaware of the change to the firearm legislation or the date of implementation. The organization has been working to inform the public of the changes in the gun laws, so gun owners will have time to register their firearms and ammunition.
CCDL’s President Scott Wilson said that, “while CCDL wholeheartedly believes that this law is unconstitutional, we want to make sure that law-abiding gun owners do not become felons on January 1.”
The Connecticut legislature passed a sweeping gun control bill limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds of ammunition and making certain guns illegal in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last December.
Supporters of the new law hope that the changes made will persuade people to turn in their high-capacity magazines and reduce the use and ownership of assault weapons.