Groton, CT- January 1st, 2014
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) Is calling on the Governor and the State to extend the registration and declaration deadline for newly re-defined assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.The deadline for registration and declaration passed on January 1st.
CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following:
“CCDL Fully supports the efforts from State Senator Joe Markley and State Representative Rob Sampson in their calling for an extension to register 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”.
“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?”
“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. This would likely alleviate some of the concerns people may have about the intent of the State”.
The CCDL President also added:
“CCDL has made every effort to broadcast the meaning of the law as it pertains to gun owners to all corners of the state. We hope that our leaders consider the request from both Senator Markley and Representative Sampson”.
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is helping lead a legal challenge against the new law, along with other plaintiffs. Oral arguments will be heard in Federal court January 30th in Hartford. More information may be found at www.ccdl.us
About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to nearly 11,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well recognized by committees that see firearms related bills. CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit www.ccdl.us