Gun owners in Connecticut have revolted against a new gun control law, with just 38,000 out of 2.4 million high capacity magazines being registered with authorities.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, Connecticut passed a law which banned ammunition magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds. Residents who had acquired such magazines before the law came into effect were mandated to register them with state police by January 1, 2014. The law also banned assault rifles manufactured after 1994, requiring them to be declared to authorities.
Weeks after the deadline expired, authorities revealed that 50,016 assault weapons and 38,290 ammunition magazines had been registered.
CT News Junkie reported that it is, “unclear how many gun owners own the banned weapons and magazines, but chose not to comply with the registration requirement.”
However, a 2011 Office of Legislative Research study found that, “there are over 2.4 million large capacity magazines in Connecticut that originated at the retail level.” This number didn’t even include those not purchased at the retail level.
This means that the vast majority of high capacity magazines were not reported to authorities by gun owners in Connecticut.
It’s a similar story when it comes to firearms. Just over 50,000 assault weapons were registered after the law came into effect. However, the 2011 study found that there were over 370,000 assault rifles in the hands of Connecticut gun owners. This means that just 13% of assault rifles were registered.
“So, where did these millions of magazines go?” asks Warner Todd Huston. “All that can be said is that it appears that gun owners in Connecticut are not quite the sheep that jackbooted government officials may have imagined they were. After all, if there really were millions of high capacity magazines in the state–and it is very likely that there are–and they have now gone unregistered, that means that thousands of gun owners have refused to bow to this un-constitutional, anti-Second Amendment law.”
These figures once again illustrate how gun registration is pointless unless it is used by authorities as a precursor to confiscation.
The issue also serves to highlight the fact that gun control advocates are not anti-gun at all, they are pro-gun so long as the state has a monopoly on the possession of firearms. If people like “turn em all in” Feinstein want to see Americans disarmed in places like Connecticut, we’re going to witness a tragic bloodbath since the vast majority of gun owners will refuse to hand over their weapons.