Last year the state of Connecticut, still staggering from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, passed one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. More than 100 types of guns were banned, including all semiautomatic weapons. Anyone who had already purchased a now-prohibited gun could keep it if it was registered with the state by the end of 2013.
The reaction from the state’s residents seems to have been a heaving collective shrug. The Hartford Courant reports:
By the end of 2013, [Connecticut] state police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates, Lt. Paul Vance said. An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.