Thanks for the hits guys and I will try and clarify.
You have FID (firearms identification card) in this state complete with thumb print. At the basic level REQUIRED for my wife to carry pepper spray requires no training just a request for one and have a clean record. You then move up to one which requires a safety course and allows huting weapons like shotgun and rifles but nothing high capacity. Then you slide into the one needed for high capacity weapons (capable of holding more than 10 rounds) and you finish off with a permit requires to lock and box you handgun for transport to and from the range only and then one that permits carry. So they already have a complicated system...
I have lived here forever and don't plan on packing up the wife and kids although I'm tempted. My old 185(?) series Mini from about 25 years ago is capable of holding any clip I want to put in it. That makes it a high capacity weapon and I can find NO support for it being "grandfathered" in. There must be a 100k gun owners with high capacity waepons. A gun can't have a bayonet lug or a collapable stock and I know dozens of guys who have put aftermarket stocks on their guns.
I beleive the mere fact the gun is "capable" of holding a high capacity mag is what makes it illegal. I was going to join ANOTHER gun club just for fun but they require a current safety certificate and not having taken a gun or hunter safety course in 30 years I am just going to recertify right up to the LTC level. I shouldn't have to fight the issuing agent ( A officer in each town) but I will hire an atty through the gun owners action leauge if needed and pursuit.
All I wanted was an AR platform of some sort but by the time I wade through this stuff I will grab a handgun as well. Always been just a long arm hunting and plinking sort of guy but what the heck.
Nothing buried here and it will be a long time before they start knocking on doors to collect the guns out there which I will be happy to give them except the Mossberg 500 Cruiser J.I.C. series.
Sorry for babbling but it's so dang confusing and I'm just a lowly hard working stiff...