Thursday, April 4, 2013

NSSF Statement on Connecticut Anti-2nd Amendment Legislation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is based in Newtown, Connecticut and is the trade association for the firearms industry. This provides them a firsthand view from one of the key states whose legislators are exploiting a tragedy to further their own political interests by pushing for gun control. Unfortunately, they are succeeding in pushing through this legislation by any means possible. 

The bill limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds creates what they are calling "Universal Background Checks" for firearms sales. While, voting was mostly upon party lines, they still had plenty of support from the Republican side of the table, which looked to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting as their key cause for action. Below is the NSSF release responding to the anti-2nd Amendment legislation that was forced on the people of Connecticut today. Do not let this happen in your state. Contact your local legislators and let your voice be heard. 

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, issued the following statement today:

Gov. Dannel Malloy today signed into law a package of gun-control legislation that was assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing. Most legislators had little time to even read the actual bill language.

The unfortunate results of this process, which made it appear that all points of view were being heard when in fact true expertise was shut out when it was most needed, means that mistakes in what is now enacted law will have to be corrected.

For example, language in the new law specifies a procedure for licensed firearms retailers to perform mandatory "universal" background checks on private party transactions that is not permissible based on federal law and regulations governing the National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) system. As we read it, this mistake in lawmaking means that all private party transactions in the state now cannot be accomplished legally.

We share the goal of wanting to make Connecticut safer for our citizens following the unspeakable tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the end, however, public safety has not been enhanced and the unintended consequences of behind-closed-doors lawmaking will cause considerable confusion until the General Assembly corrects its mistakes.

Here is where we stand today. Law-abiding citizens of this state now have greater restrictions on their Second Amendment and state constitutional rights while Connecticut's firearms manufacturers will be forced to seriously weigh the impact on their businesses and their employees of the state's double-standard of you can build it here, but not sell it here, public policy formulation.

We will be carefully studying all provisions of the law for possible challenge in the courts.

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