Connecticut Enacts Legislation Impacting Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers

Here is what can be said about the Connecticut “Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety,” which was recently enacted:  it uses the word “manufacturer.”

Three states have passed legislation in 2013 that impacts manufacturers of firearms and ammunition, namely New York, Colorado, and Connecticut.  The legislation in each state impacts all aspects of supply and demand, cutting off sales of certain weapons and features, mandating additional background checks and record-keeping, and strengthening criminal penalties.

So when we look at the Connecticut legislation it is refreshing to see a reflection of some aspects of manufacturing.  For example, there are exemptions for manufacture for the military and for out-of-state sales.  These are two critical components to the industry.

The legislation is also of clear wording, which allows one to read through it and understand it.  Whether or not one agrees with any law that is passed, particularly when the manufacturing process is based upon a license, it is important to be able to understand the responsibilities imposed upon the manufacturer.

One provision that illustrates this point is Sec. 14(d), which relates to sales of ammunition being restricted to persons holding a valid ammunition certificate plus specified form of identification, and states, “The provisions of this section shall not apply to the sale, delivery or transfer of ammunition between (1) a federally-licensed firearm manufacturer and a federally-licensed firearm dealer, (2) a federally-licensed firearm importer and a federally-licensed firearm dealer, or (3) federally-licensed firearm dealers.”

Highlights of the legislation include:

  • more than 100 weapons and parts were added to the CT list of banned assault weapons
  • requires only 1 specifically banned characteristic to require registration of a banned weapon
  • defines “large capacity magazine at 10 rounds
  • owners of magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds must register the magazines, limit the load to 10 rounds, unless at home or at a gun range
  • armor-piercing bullets defined and banned
  • eligibility certificates required for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or ammunition
  • background checks required for all firearms sales
  • special considerations for those under 21-years of age and those under 18-years of age
  • exceptions for manufacturers, military personnel, law enforcement

Certain provisions of the legislation are effective immediately.