And so it begins. The gun control battle is in full force in Connecticut as the first reported charges have been made against a law abiding concealed carrier who happened to have an “unregistered magazine”.
Connecticut’s new gun laws are so restrictive that they even require standard capacity magazines that were grandfathered in to be registered with the state. Magazines, mind you, not just guns.
Tyrone Watson, 30, of Bridgeport, was charged for possession of a high-capacity magazine. Watson was initially pulled over by the Bridgeport police officer for reportedly “tailgating” the officer’s vehicle at 1:25am on Sunday. After the officer let the car pass him he pulled over the vehicle.
During the traffic stop, the officer noticed that Watson had a valid pistol permit. When the officer asked if Watson had any guns in the vehicle, Watson said he was carrying a pistol and the officer confiscated the gun and unloaded it.
According to The Hour,
The officer secured the handgun for the duration of the motor vehicle stop and while making the pistol safe, the officer noticed that the pistol had 11 bullets in its magazine and none in its chamber, police said. The magazine had a capacity to hold 15 bullets, according to police.
Connecticut’s new gun laws consider this a “high capacity” magazine even though a handgun that can hold 15 rounds is standard and very common. But apparently the anti-gin politicians who voted in this law either didn’t know that or chose to ignore the facts.
The new restrictive gun laws that went into effect on January 1st make it illegal to own a magazine that has the capability of holding more than 10 rounds, even if less than 10 rounds are found in the magazine.
In fact, in CT it is now illegal to buy, sell or manufacture magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. Any “high capacity” magazines that were purchased before the law went into effect had to be registered by December 31st of last year.
The officer informed Watson of the law, which he apparently knew nothing about. And I’m guessing he is not alone and we will read more stories like this of law abiding citizens caught in the cross-hairs of an anti-gun law that does nothing to stop gun violence.
The officer wrote Watson a summons and gave him back his gun and the magazine, telling him to store the items in his trunk until he arrived at his home, according to police.
Looks like Connecticut has some voting to do.
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