How Did ‘Millions’ of High Capacity Magazines Disappear in Connecticut?

As the State of Connecticut went through the process of gearing up to push more gun bans and bans on high capacity ammunition magazines, it was estimated that The Constitution State had at least “2.4 million” of the offending magazines within its borders. But now, after the new forced registration law set in, only about 38,000 high capacity magazines were registered. So, where did they all go?

It seems that Connecticut’s set up for future gun confiscation is failing despite that officials are trying to claim that it is a great success.

Back in 2011 as legislators were mulling over new anti-Second Amendment proposals, the state’s Office of Legislative Research looked into several questions being asked by lawmakers eager to fashion a new gun ban. Lawmakers needed to know how many so-called assault weapons were in the state, how many high capacity magazines were manufactured and how many held in private hands, how many crimes were committed by people using these things, and the like.

One of the findings made by the OLR was that gun owners in the state owned at the very least 2.4 million high capacity magazines–and likely many hundreds of thousands if not millions more.

Now that Connecticut has finally passed its new gun and high capacity magazine registration law, the numbers of new registrations are coming in and it appears that with the stroke of a pen, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy made millions of high capacity magazines magically disappear.

The final numbers are not yet in but the numbers that are known are fairly complete, if not exact. Thus far, it appears that only some 38,290 high capacity ammunition magazines have been registered.

38,000 is a far cry from the millions of high capacity magazines that the state estimated existed within its borders.

So, where did these millions of magazines go?

All that can be said is that it appears that gun owners in Connecticut are not quite the sheep that jackbooted government officials may have imagined they were. After all, if there really were millions of high capacity magazines in the state–and it is very likely that there are–and they have now gone unregistered, that means that thousands of gun owners have refused to bow to this un-constitutional, anti-Second Amendment law.

Despite that the state is trying to paint a happy face on the grim edifice of this anti-American law, it appears that millions of Connecticut gun owners have thus far simply refused to abide by this law.

Of course, it goes without saying that this law is just the first step to gun confiscation in Connecticut. Everywhere such wide-ranging registration laws have been instituted, gun confiscation has followed.

So, good on the many Connecticuters who have refused to follow this un-American, anti-Constitutional law.

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  • What Glenn Instapundit Reynolds referred to today as “Irish Democracy” wherein the population mulishly refuses to go along…

  • jim_m

    If I lived in Connecticut I would absolutely comply with the law… just as everyone in Connecticut has done.

    • Mike Butler


  • Lawrence Westlake

    What’s surreal is that liberal Democrats are so retarded they’ll actually be surprised by this; the same way they’re “surprised” by such things as high poverty, crime, unemployment, rent and dropout rates in big liberal Democrat cities. C’est la vie.

    • “No, it’s what we expected. We’ll just TELL everyone we’re ‘surprised’.The gullible saps will believe it, and then we’ll try something else.”

  • LiberalNightmare

    The next step would be a very public crucifixion.

    Examples must be made.

    • jim_m

      Must be made of certain public officials.

      • Sky__Captain


        Some assembly required.

        • Tec Sg Beatty

          Rope. Tree. Gravity is our friend.

  • GarandFan

    How does one go about “registering” an item that has no serial number?

    On another note, the “assault weapon” registration was also hailed as a victory in The People’s Republic of Kalifornia. The Wise Solons of Sacramento don’t have a clue as to how many such weapons were NEVER registered.

    • “Doggone it, Sherrif, I lost everything when my canoe overturned on a backpacking trip!”

      “37 rifles, 220 magazines, and a whole shitload of ammunition?”

      “Well, you know how some backpackers like to pack light? I don’t believe in packing light.”

      • Frank Clarke

        That canoe didn’t “overturn”, it swamped 😉

  • Constitution First

    There they go again.. creating yet more fertile ground for the Black Market.
    What DO you call a government that habitually makes their citizens into criminals?

    • wysoft


    • michael smith

      they havent found out about clips yet because they think a magazine is a clip.

      • They’ll probably demand individual serial numbers on ’em.

  • jsmith5893

    They all must be criminals because according to the Supreme Court ruling Haynes vs US in 1968 criminals can’t be prosecuted for not registering firearms because of the 5th Amendment – so like most of these laws this one only applies to law abiding citizens.

  • kimbershot

    liars can figure, but figures don’t lie–obamacare numbers are the proof of that.

  • michael smith

    Where did all the magazines go?
    Behind walls, under floors, buired, etc.

  • RE Hafner

    It’s about time people started flipping the socialist governor the one fingered salute. The next step should be throw the bum out of office and all like him.

  • Douglas H. Book

    Obviously the “millions” invented by the state was nothing but an attempt to shock Connecticut residents into believing they were surrounded by lunatic gun owners and would soon be victims of mass murder. BUT, you can BET there are far more than 38,000! It is a disgrace to see all of the pusses lined up to hand their liberty over to Big Brother by registering their magazines. But it is very reassuring to know there remain many more actual Americans in the leftist-run state who are not afraid to tell Marxist gun grabbers to got to Hell.