Conn. Legislators Plan No Additional Efforts to Enforce New Gun Laws

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | April 21, 2014 | 3:44 PM EDT

There's good news and bad news for Connecticut's gun owners. The bad news is that the state passed new gun laws that required law-abiding citizens to register their assault rifles. The good news is that the state can't enforce its new laws just yet (via the Record-Journal):

State police are still wading through the 50,000 assault weapon and high-capacity magazine applications received last year prior to a Jan. 1deadline. Current owners were required to register their weapons under state legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

While gun owners who didn't register could face a Class D felony conviction carrying a maximum of five years in prison, state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said there are no plans for enforcing the law right now.

"We're still in the processing stage," he said. "We have no plans over and above that."

Lt. Vance also noted that there haven't been any prosecutions under the new law. Additionally, pro-gun control state legislators have said that there are no new plans in the legislature to enforce the law.  Also, pro-Second Amendment lawmakers in Connecticut are also urging gun owners to comply with the new regulations, entrusting the Supreme Court to strike them down as unconstitutional.

State Rep. Mary Mushinksy, D-Wallingford, supports the law and said it was well-publicized that those with assault weapons and magazines holding more than 10 rounds had to register.

There was never any intention to go to homes and check that registration had occurred, though.

"Folks are expected to comply and they're able to keep their guns," she said.

llegal guns might come to light in the course of other police business. Mushinsky said she's not aware of any plans in the legislature to further enforce the law.

State Rep. Rob Sampson, R-Southington, opposed the law but urges other gun owners to comply. He said he believes the law is unconstitutional and that it will be overturned by the Supreme Court.

"It did pass our legislature, it is the law of the land," he said.

Searching homes for guns would be a "provocative" situation, Sampson said, and he's glad there are no plans for aggressive enforcement.

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