FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The deadline for Connecticut residents to apply for assault weapon certificates and declare large-capacity magazines is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the State Police announced.
Under the state's new gun laws enacted after the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, residents of Connecticut must apply for assault weapons certificates and declare large capacity magazines by the deadline. The form to apply for an assault weapon certificate is separate from the large capacity magazine declaration form.
The assault-weapons form (DPS-414C) is available on the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's website. It must be accompanied by a proof of purchase or a notarized affidavit, attesting to the date that the weapon was purchased before the legislation took effect. After the form is processed, the applicant will receive a certificate number, and the form will be returned.
The large-capacity magazine form (DESPP-78CC) can also be found on the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's website. A proof of purchase or a notarized affidavit, attesting to the date that the weapon was purchased before the legislation took effect, must accompany the form. The department will not issue a return notification on the form and suggests that residents submit their application in person or via registered mail.
All forms must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The new regulations are the result of gun control legislation signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in April. The legislation added more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and created what officials have called the nation's first dangerous weapon offender registry.
It also includes a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines such as the ones used in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that left 20 children and six educators dead. There are also new registration requirements for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets