Deadline nears for state’s new assault weapon registration mandate

The deadline for registration and declaration of certain firearms and bullet magazines — such as assault weapons and related ammunition — in the state is fast approaching, according to the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), a grassroots Second Amendment rights group.

The law with the new requirements beginning Jan. 1 was passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adult educators.

“Many people are still not aware of the law itself, or the actual date of implementation,” CCDL President Scott Wilson said. “While CCDL wholeheartedly believes that this law is unconstitutional, we want to make sure that law-abiding gun owners do not become felons on Jan. 1.

“Of particular concern,” Wilson continued, “is the fact that many handgun magazines as well as semi-automatic rifle magazines with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds were sold standard along with guns prior to April 4. These magazines with more than 10-round capability must be declared. Registration of newly re-defined assault weapons must be registered by the deadline as well.”

Legal challenge now being heard

Wilson added: “Until Public Act 13-3 is resolved in the federal courts, this is sadly the law for now. I sincerely hope that no unaware, law abiding persons receive a prison sentence, being made an example of, by the state.”

The CCDL and other plaintiffs are involved in a legal challenge of the new law. Oral arguments will be heard Jan. 30 in Hartford federal court.

About the CCDL

The Groton-based Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of residents as a nonpartisan organization to advocate Second Amendment rights in Connecticut.

The group now has more than 10,000 members, with members speaking out on firearms-related bills at the state Capitol and being actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. Find out more at