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Malloy Will Offer Amnesty After All To Some Gun Owners

by Hugh McQuaid | Feb 14, 2014 5:52pm
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Posted to: Legal, Public Safety, Newtown

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Gun owners rally last April at the state Capitol against stricter gun control measures.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has concluded it can process without additional legislation some of the late-arriving firearm registration paperwork mailed in by gun owners attempting to comply with a new law.

The decision applies to a small group of gun owners who missed the deadline to mail in paperwork registering or declaring their possession of rifles and ammunition magazines banned by the state under a law passed last year in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.

Luke Bronin, the governor’s general counsel, said the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection has the authority to accept applications it has reason to believe were submitted before the deadline.

“For example, if an application to register a weapon was signed and notarized on or before January 1, 2014, or an application to register a high capacity magazine was signed and accompanied by an affidavit that was dated on or before such date, the department may treat such applications as timely submissions,” Bronin wrote in a letter to the DESPP commissioner.

“Similarly, if the department has reason to believe that an application was deposited in a mailbox or at a post office on Dec. 31, 2013, but the post office closed early or did not collect the deposited mail that day, then that application may be deemed a timely submission,” he wrote.

Under the decision, the department will accept certification forms for 160 rifles and 398 magazines which were notarized by Jan. 1 and postmarked by Jan. 4. The state received about 226 assault weapon applications and 506 high-capacity magazine declarations received by the state were postmarked shortly after the deadline.

The department will notify gun owners whose applications were not accepted because they were received after the dates with instructions on ways to dispose of their guns or magazines, Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said in a letter to legislative leaders.

The Malloy administration had been using the day the forms were postmarked as the threshold for processing the paperwork. Last month the governor said state police retained the late paperwork but he insisted the legislature would need to pass a bill in order for them to process the forms. 

However, officials met Tuesday with lawmakers on the Public Safety Committee to discuss what to do with the late-arriving forms. Bronin also consulted with the Attorney General’s Office before deciding the department had the authority to accept some of the late applications, according to a press release.

While it’s far from ideal for most gun owners, the president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League praised the decision.

“This is good news for individuals that did their best to comply with the law,” Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said Friday. “Good for these people that will not be forced to surrender their firearms and components to the state.”

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posted by: Bluecoat | February 14, 2014  8:10pm

I have two black duffel bags dated Dec. 31st 2013,  full of registrations I just found in the trunk of my car. Can I drop those off in Middletown?  I am sure they are legit.

posted by: dano860 | February 15, 2014  9:23am

The question for Dannel was, how do I play both sides of this while possibly picking up some votes or at the least maintain the ones I have from the Sandy Hooker anti-firearm types? I know, say that “,MY ADMINISTRATION has concluded,” that we can process the late arriving paperwork!
It still leaves the well intending law abiding citizen out in the cold. Now that we know who you are, you villains, you will get instructions on how to get rid of your contraband. But WAIT, Dannel says, maybe the legislature will take this off my back and pass a bill so your paperwork can be processed. Will it be to little too late? Will you have already disposed of those ominous black firearms?
Then the CCDL rolls over too, it’s a sad day in River City folks.
This is a poor way to run a business, lousy decisions like this would put a private firm in the tank.

posted by: art vandelay | February 16, 2014  4:04am

art vandelay

It’s interesting how citizens of this state can tolerate the most liberal Marxist Socialist agenda.  They continually vote for left wing progressive liberals by an overwhelming majority in every election.  Let them pass one piece of legislation restricting their right to bear arms and they go berserk.

posted by: jim black | February 16, 2014  9:17am

No end to the pandering. How about if they are teachers, do they get extra pandering?

posted by: ASTANVET | February 17, 2014  8:00am

Christine - is it possible to bring attention to the fact that there has been no return of ‘registration’ to the gun owners?  Are the people who registered ‘legal’ even without confirmation from the state?  I thought it was odd that there was no ‘received’ paperwork when I dropped off my form, but how do you know if you can bring your rifle to the range or not?

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 17, 2014  10:56am

Art that’s a very interesting comment and a concept I have struggled with as well.

All I can come up with is that they know that as they vote for things for themselves that they are contributing to the breakdown of society, but when things get bad they want to make sure they can protect themselves and their families.

I’m a pro 2nd Amendment person that has never voted for these marxist type people, but when I have spoken to other pro 2nd amendment people that have voted for people that have caused this mess, they are the first to talk about justification for their guns because of criminals and the breakdown of society that is occurring and they think will occur some day.

My neighbor three doors down is a totally prepper, yet he has never voted Republican.

posted by: StanMuzyk | February 17, 2014  1:52pm

There are too many loose ends in this endeavor. The person to move to correct this problem is Gov. Malloy.  The buck stops with the originator.

posted by: StanMuzyk | February 26, 2014  1:00pm

Let’s be skeptical of “any politically correct offer” from Gov. Malloy. His politics have been bad for the State of Connecticut to-date.