Group calls for extending CT’s new assault weapon registration deadline

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislators to extend the registration and declaration deadline for redefined assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.

The deadline for register and declare these items with the state was Jan. 1. The law was passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adult educators.

Many 'do now know about this new law'

CCDL President Scott Wilson said the Second Amendment rights organization supports efforts by state Sen. Joe Markley and state Rep. Rob Sampson to extend the registration period for certain firearms that are now banned.

“There are still too many gun owners that either do not know about this new law, or do not realize that it applies to them,” Wilson said. “I would ask the governor and state legislators what there would be to gain by punishing persons that are otherwise law abiding that do not legitimately know about this law?”

Also would like amnesty program

Wilson said state officials also might want to approve an amnesty period to comply with the new law. “CCDL also suggests that the state should consider an ongoing amnesty program in the future, for those that discover they own banned firearms or magazines that are not registered,” he said.

“This,” he continued, “would likely alleviate some of the concerns people may have about the intent of the state.”

Has tried to education gun owners

Wilson said the Groton-based organization has done what it can to inform its members and other gun owners about the new requirement.

“CCDL has made every effort to broadcast the meaning of the law as it pertains to gun owners to all corners of the state,” he said. “We hope that our leaders consider the request from both Sen. Markley and Rep. Sampson”.

Now challenging the new law

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