Resources for understanding the new CT gun laws

We have had A LOT of changes this session.  Below is a bunch of information to get you started.  Keep in mind, I believe if you own a gun, you should also have an attorney.  The couple hundred bucks you pay up front can save you tens of thousands down the road.

The big bill that passed is S.B. 1160 now Public Act 13-3.

Our state legislature has an “Office of Legislative Research” (OLR) which breaks the law down here.  Mind you, this is a rough idea and you should still discuss with your attorney.

Because it was loaded with mistakes, they decided to fix it with more mistakes.  This is the amendment that was passed to fix some portions of the new law.  Many provisions of the new law took effect upon signage, others take effect at various months up to January 1st, 2014.

There is an OLR report that breaks this amendment down here as well.

My suggestion would be to read the OLR summaries first.  They will give you a general idea of what was in the actual bill and the amendments that passed.  Then, look up what applies to you (though I suggest giving it a full reading at least once).  I may suggest, one sitting for this is a bit much.  Pace yourself.  Make a list of all the questions you may have, then find yourself an attorney who can answer these questions for you.

As a bonus, since this is one of the biggest topics since passage.  Assault weapons ban (AWB) does exist and was added to here in CT.  In fact, the term “assault weapon” is a misnomer.  The majority of these firearms are semi-automatic rifles.  Technology that is over 100 years old.  The legislature, essentially, banned many firearms simply because they were black and look scary (to them).  They also made it much more difficult for people with disabilities to shoot various rifles as many of these had adjustable features.  Here is a link to a summary of the AWB portion of the law.