Originally Posted by manta
I was reading a post on a UK forum regards the law on assault rifles.
Maybe someone on the forum could say if the above statement is true regards the assault rifle law in Connecticut. PS Was the rifle legally owned. ?
This thread is getting a bit off topic from the original question... which I think has been answered.
The one factor I will add is that so called "assault weapon bans", in most states, are not actually bans at all.
They usually "grandfather" in existing rifles... and/or... they are a limitation on certain cosmetic figures.
For example, my first AR, bought while the Federal AWB was still in effect, was a fully functioning semi auto AR 15 in every way and capability except...
1. The telescoping stock was "pinned"
2. The flash suppressor had been replaced with a "muzzle break"
3. It had "NO" bayonette lug
It came with 1 (10) round mag but I often shot it with my array of 30 round mags, was approached more than once by Law Enforcement Officer while shooting it with (30) round mags... which by the way, were also grandfathered but "may" have been a problem in a "post ban" rifle???
Anyway... none of the offices showed any concern or asked any questions about the configuration or magazines of my AR, my AK, or my SKS. They'd just stop, say hi, look to see it there was an "appropriate" back stop, and ask that we carry out anything we carried in.
So my experience, under the Federal ban, which was not enacted at State Level in WA State, was that Law Enforcement did not give a damn about these laws. Even while shooting in public areas, as long as the activity was legal, the "tool" was not even looked at.
I point all of this out to help or British Member understand that just because some European bloggers read that the State of CT had an AWB in place during Newtown, does NOT mean that AR 15's and Standard Capacity Magazines were not still legally owned in the State at the time.
The only way to achieve an "actual ban" would be National Confiscation... and that's the point where our Government realizes just how badly "outgunned" they are.