Connecticut’s Assault Weapons Database: Trolling or GIGO?

Someone in Connecticut owns 179 assault rifles, but if he’s your neighbor, you may never know.
Another state resident has 175 of the semi-automatic rifles that can fire 30 rounds in 15 seconds, like the gun Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A third firearms enthusiast keeps nearly 544,000 high-capacity magazines.

Source: More than 51,000 assault rifles registered in state – NewsTimes

And who knows, there might be somebody who owns that many “assault rifles”, heck maybe two somebodies that we are envious of by default. But a third person owning over half a million magazines? Get real, I don’t think even Colt Industries keeps that many in their warehouse.

Maybe we are seeing gun owners showing their disrespect to the forced registration by trolling the authorities or maybe we have a colossal series of clerical errors that would render the database useless.

I wonder what other screw ups are in that database. The more, the merrier.

17 Replies to “Connecticut’s Assault Weapons Database: Trolling or GIGO?”

  1. But what about all the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that were not registered?

    Don’t tell the antis about them or they will cower in the corner rolled up in a fetal ball, crying for Mommy.

    stay safe.




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    1. The lowest price I’ve seen for 30 round AR mags, bought in bulk was about $10/mag with tax and shipping. So 544,000 mags is about $5.5 million dollars worth of magazines.

      Now as any shooter would know, an empty mag isn’t worth the metal it’s made from. 544,000 mags would hold 16,320,000 rounds of ammo. Cabela’s is selling .223 FMJ in bulk for about $0.50/round ($150 for 300 PMC, $200 for 400 UMC). So that many mags would contain $8,160,000 worth of ammo.

      Going by this article, a shooter can empty a 30 round mag in 15 seconds, so 544,000 mags would take 8,160,000 seconds to empty, or 2266 hours 45 min, or 113 days 8 hours to empty. That is not including reloading time.

      Given an estimated 20K round barrel life for a hard chrome lined AR barrel, that many mags would burn up 816 barrels to fire. Gas tubes, bolts, bolt carriers, trigger springs, and firing pin wear and replacement not included.

      So color me skeptical but I really don’t believe that there is a guy with $5.5 million in mags, $8.2 million in ammo and 816 AR-15’s sitting around waiting to go on a shooting spree that is one third of a year long. And if there is, his name is probably Uncle Sam.




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  2. Here in France we have had firearms registration since the mid 90s.

    The Ministry of Interior admits that at best 40% of what’s in the database is accurate.

    When you get a handgun (which requires an individual permit per gun), the dealer has to send the registration form back to the local Kommandantur for registration. Same goes with ARs and AKs which are “restricted firearms” (ie: evil hand guns or semi-auto rifles).

    Twice the registration form was lost by the administration. I’ve also had a semi-auto shotgun that was registered as a .22LR bolt action.
    And a semi-auto EBR that was registered as a bolt action 223R rifle.

    And that’s with forms that were carefully filled and sent to the admin.

    So I have absolutely no doubt that with minor “trolling” (sub-par handwriting) you could end up with total garbage.

    And of course, I assume you probably only have a 10-25% compliance rate. Register something so that you can pretend you complied especially if you’re at the range three times a week.




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  3. How does one register? Is it like the MDA #GroceriesNotGuns online tool, where it’ll take any name, any town, any data?

    Because I have IDEAS for some epic hilarious names & addresses.




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  4. It’s estimated that only 10% of them are registered. The papers are having fits over it and want the state police to go arrest the scofflaws. The state police have decided that it’s not worth the pain and suffering to themselves and the civilians. They asked that one simple question, who wants to be the first one to die. Especially for the likes of Lawlor and Malloy.




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  5. I just did a back-of-the-envelope calculation, but 544K magazines would fill about 8000 cubic feet! That’s a storage shed 8 ft high, 20 ft wide, and 50 ft long.




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  6. I’ve seen this before, and the best “interpretation” of this that I’ve seen are that the thousands upon thousands of “magazines” are, in fact, machine gun links. Yes, you have to register each individual link as a magazine in Connecticut.




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  7. The reporter probably made a mistake querying the database. I’d bet some change that 544,000 is the total number of magazines in the entire database. That calls into question the other figures. Is there really one guy with 179 “assault rifles,” or do all of the “John Smith”‘s collectively own 179 semi-automatic rifles?




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  8. My experience in CT has been the state police rubber stamping almost anything because they don’t want to be involved. It seems that if you don’t cause trouble they have no interest in coming to look for it in regards to following the new laws.

    As Kermit says above, ammunition belts are also considered high capacity magazines potentially making a shotshel belt a high cap mag.




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  9. So… the reporter is pear-clutching and freaking out over… gun owners that have registered their guns.

    That is citizens that have done what the antis wanted and have informed the police what they own.

    Welp, so much for the idea of “If you register we’ll know your a Good Guy and thus the only reason to not register is if your bad.”

    Wanna lay odds that the reporter wants the police to round up those “excess” registered guns *AND* thinks that gun owners talking about how registration leads to confiscation are paranoid?




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