For more recent news on this legislation see: Update on Connecticut SB 1094
A Joint Committee on Judiciary introduced Tuesday, Connecticut Senate Bill 1094, an act banning large capacity ammunition magazines, which would prohibit gun enthusiasts from possessing firearms that accept magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. If passed and signed into law, any person in possession of any magazine greater than ten round capacity, who has not already surrendered the magazine prior to enactment or ninety days after enactment, will be guilty of a class D felony.
In spite of the recent rhetoric coming out of the recent shooting incident in Arizona, there is no correlation between the arbitrary size of gun magazine and gun violence. No law of this kind would have altered the outcome of the horrible shooting in Phoenix. It takes less than a second to drop an empty magazine and insert a full one.
SB 1094 is a law starting off looking to be overturned or deemed unconstitutional. This law also does not give exception to ownership prior to passage the law (grandfather clause) as does the California law but is an ex post facto law. So your ignorance of the law could land you in jail – you, the otherwise law abiding citizen who has owned guns for years with no intent of ever committing an atrocious act. Hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens and gun enthusiasts will suddenly become criminals.
Residents of Connecticut need to stand up, make noise and be heard to block this legislation. It has happened in California and Massachusetts and other states are thinking about it. The Los Angeles Police Chief and Mayor also recently announced their support for a Federal law that would limit the size of gun magazines. Our Second Amendment rights continue to be under attack.
See Also: Update on Connecticut SB 1094