WTIC’s Steve Saunders reports:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Hundreds of applications to register assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines that weren’t received by a Jan. 1 deadline will be processed by Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
DESPP Commissioner Dora B. Schriro said Friday that the agency will accept applications that were signed and notarized on or before Jan. 1 and postmarked by Jan. 4.
Some gun owners have complained they dropped their applications in the mail on Dec. 31 but missed the deadline because their letters weren’t postmarked until after the New Year’s Day holiday.
DESPP expects to accept 160 late applications to register assault weapons and 398 applications for large-capacity magazines, as required by the gun control legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently said he thought legislative action might be needed to address the late applications problem. But Luke Bronin, Malloy’s legal counsel, later concluded after consulting with the Attorney General’s office that DESPP has the discretion to accept applications received after Jan. 1 if the department has reason to believe the applicant attempted to submit paperwork by the deadline.
House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, called the decision “welcome news,” saying Malloy was doing “the right thing to affirm the rights of law-abiding gun owners and cut them a break as they put forth a good effort to comply with state laws.”
DESPP plans to contact people who submitted applications that were signed and notarized after the Jan. 1 deadline and advise them on how to dispose of the weapons and ammunition, which are considered contraband unless already registered with the state.
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