I'm not from CT, but a quick check of the gun laws has brought up some interesting facts...
1. The AR-15 is classed as an Assault Weapon in Connecticut.
2. The Saiga is not mentioned specifically in the legislation, but it's an AK platform and semi-auto AKs are classed as an Assault Weapon in
- read it.
Possession of an Assault Weapon is a Class D Felony
Possession of an Assault Weapon - if lawful possession prior to 1993 can be proved - is a Class A Misdemeanor
The family moved from NH to CT in 1998.
Nancy Lanza wasn't a cop and wasn't military and since she became a survivalist after her divorce in 2008, it's unlikely the weapons were legally
From the link above -
[QUOTE]Certificates of Possession
The act allowed anyone who lawfully possessed an assault weapon before October 1, 1993 to apply by July 1, 1994 to DPS for a certificate of
possession. A certificate of possession allowed the owner of an assault weapon to possess it:
1. at (a) his or her residence, business, or property or (b) another person's property with permission;
2. at certain target ranges or licensed shooting clubs;
3. while attending certain types of firearms exhibitions, displays, or educational projects; or
4. while transporting it, in accordance with the act, between any of the places mentioned above or to a licensed dealer for servicing or repair.
When an assault weapon is being transported between these locations, the act prohibited (1) carrying it loaded and concealed from view or (2)
knowingly carrying it in a vehicle when it was (a) loaded or (b) unloaded unless it was in the vehicle's trunk or a container inaccessible to the
vehicle's occupants. The act punished violations with up to three years in prison, up to a $500 fine, or both.
Beginning January 1, 1994, the act prohibited anyone with a certificate from selling an assault weapon to anyone in the state except a licensed
firearm dealer or otherwise transferring it except by bequest or intestate succession or to DPS or a police department. The act required an assault
weapon owner who sells or transfers the weapon to a licensed gun dealer to execute a certificate of transfer at the time of sale or transfer and send
it to DPS.
The act included a number of exceptions to the ban on possession and transfer of assault weapons. It allowed:
1. someone to transfer by bequest or intestate succession an assault weapon for which a certificate had been issued;
2. anyone who inherited an assault weapon for which a certificate had been issued or an estate executor or administrator to possess and dispose of the
assault weapon as specified in the act;
3. the Department of Correction (DOC), DPS, police departments, and the military forces to purchase assault weapons for official use and their
employees or members to possess the weapons; and
4. licensed gun dealers to (a) accept assault weapons for servicing from anyone with a certificate for the weapon; (b) transfer assault weapons for
servicing under certain circumstances; and (c) transport lawfully possessed weapons between dealers or out-of-state, display them at gun shows
licensed by a state or local government entity, or sell them to out-of-state residents.
The act also:
1. allowed an individual to arrange to relinquish an assault weapon to a police department or DPS;
2. allowed temporary transfer or possession of an assault weapon for which a certificate had been issued for certain out-of-state events; and
3. required anyone who moved into the state in lawful possession of an assault weapon to sell it to a licensed gun dealer, make it permanently
inoperable, or take it out of state.[/QUOTE]
The last point, #3 above is the most interesting to me.
So it looks like some of the weapons used in the massacre may have been obtained illegally. But that's really beside the point at this time...
My point is that Connecticut already had heavy restriction of assault weapons - in effect an Assault Weapon Ban - yet it did not stop this tragedy.
Adam Lanza was not only a detached nutjob, he fell through the mental health cracks. Tightening up those cracks would have done far more to stop the
next deranged gunman than a crackdown on firearms in a state which already has an assault weapons ban.
edit on 19-12-2012 by nottelling because: (no reason given)