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The CT legislature turned honest citizens into criminals over night by banning magazines that contain arbitrary number of rounds. The Second Amendment Foundation is suing:

The lawsuit alleges state violations of the Second and Fourteenth amendments. Since 2013, Connecticut statute has prohibited individuals from having magazines containing more than ten rounds of ammunition. Violations of the statute can be prosecuted as Class D felonies.

Ross owns a pistol with an original-capacity magazine that can hold 17 cartridges and Basile has pistols that hold 15 rounds in their magazines. Both are licensed to carry for personal and family protection, yet they justifiably worry that they could be prosecuted for carrying fully-loaded defensive sidearms under the state law.

2 Responses to “Good”

  1. mikee Says:

    Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in Sebelius, 567 U.S. 519 (2012), determined that a tax upon citizens was what made Obamacare constitutional. Had the individual mandate not been adjudicated as a tax, but rather as a penalty, the entire law would have been unconstitutional. And that was for a mandate about health care, which is not a constitutionally protected right.

    Connecticut’s new law demands that to exercise the rights enumerated in the 2nd Amendment, one must pay the penalty of buying a newly-legalized type of magazine to operate one’s firearm, as the standard legal magazine purchased in the past has been declared illegal.

    I see a hilarious but really solid argument to be made that the new law imposes an unconstitutional penalty, purchase of a limited-round magazine, on the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms.

    Please, oh please, let this argument be made in court so the judge can try to explain it away as being a case of heads they win, tails we lose.

  2. mikee Says:

    Let’s throw in a government taking without due process and without just recompense, too. My 17 round Glock Mag is estimated as worth $1,000,000 per round, because it is now illegal to own.