With the stroke of a pen on April 4, 2013, it became illegal for 3,590,347 Americans to buy a Hi Point Carbine rifle of any kind moving forward. The Governor of the State of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, signed into law the new a sweeping 139-page bill of gun control measures passed by the state General Assembly.
In the bill that became law, the Hi-Point Carbine was specifically deemed too unsafe for the public to have access to in the future.
The State already had enacted an Assault Weapons Ban in 1993, a full year before the Clinton-era Nationwide Ban. Unlike the Clinton ban, Connecticut's state ban did not sunset and in fact was revised twice in the past decade to make it stronger. Prior to this month, the law in the state banned 66 named semi-automatic firearms including most AK, AR, HK, Calico, FN, and Thompson style firearms.
Well this new bill went all out and added a hundred more to include : AK 47; AK 74, AKM, AKS-74U, ARM, MAADI AK 47, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Norinco 56, 56S, 84S and 86S, Poly Technologies AKS and AK47, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR, WASR-10, WUM, Rock River Arms LAR-47 and Vector Arms AK-47; AR-10; AR-15; Bushmaster Carbon 15, Bushmaster XM15, Bushmaster ACR Rifles, Bushmaster MOE Rifles; Colt Match Target Rifles; Armalite M15; Olympic Arms AR-15, A1, CAR, PCR, K3B, K30R, K16, K48, K8 and K9 Rifles; DPMS Tactical Rifles; Smith and Wesson M&P15 Rifles; Rock River Arms LAR-15; Doublestar AR Rifles; Barrett REC7; Beretta Storm; Calico Liberty 50, 50 Tactical, 100, 100 Tactical, I, I Tactical, II and II Tactical Rifles; Hi-Point Carbine Rifles; HK-PSG-1; Kel-Tec Sub-2000, SU Rifles, and RFB; Remington Tactical Rifle Model 7615; SAR-8, SAR-4800 and SR9; SLG 95; SLR 95 or 96; TNW M230 and M2HB; Vector Arms UZI, Galil and Galil Sporter; Daewoo AR 100 and AR 110C; Fabrique Nationale/FN 308 Match and L1A1 Sporter; HK USC; IZHMASH Saiga AK; SIG Sauer 551-A1, 556, 516, 716 and M400 Rifles; Valmet M62S, M71S and M78S; Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine; and Barrett M107A1.
Besides the list of named guns, any gun that has a telescoping stock, forward pistol grip, flash suppressor, or held more than 10-rounds was deemed evil and thus forbidden.
The Hi-Point carbine is one of the most popular guns from coast to coast...expect now for Connecticut.
A Stacked Deck
In Connecticut, there is no such thing as a conservative politician it would seem. The state's congressional delegation to Washington is Senators Richard Blumenthal (D) and Chris Murphy (D). All five Representatives to the past three Congressional sessions have been Democrat. The Governor Dannel Malloy and his Lt Governor are democrats. The current State House is made up of 52 Republicans and 99 Democrats, while the State Senate has 14 Republicans and 22 Democrats. With 121 of the General Assembly's 187 members standing as a liberal block, there was no way that a measure friendly toward the Second Amendment would pass.
Grandfathering-- with registration
(A Hi Point Carbine looking very innocent for being a such an evil, evil rifle)
If you live in Connecticut and already have an evil, notorious Hi-Point Carbine, you have until January 1, 2014 to apply to the state police for a certificate of possession. The certificate must contain a description of the firearm that identifies it uniquely, including all identification marks; the owner's full name, address, date of birth and thumbprint; and "any other information state police deem appropriate."
Certificate holders are prohibited from selling or transferring these weapons in Connecticut to anyone other than a licensed gun dealer. There is an inheritance exception. Anyone who inherits a registered assault weapon has 90 days to apply for a certificate or sell the weapon to a gun dealer, permanently disable it, or take it out of state.
Anyone who moves into Connecticut in lawful possession of an assault weapon has 90 days to make it permanently inoperable, sell it to a licensed gun dealer, or take it out of state.
In short, if you live in CT and have it already, get it registered or get it out.
The new law is seen as being a "Model for Congress and other states" However the Governor was quoted as saying, "Today does not mark the end of our efforts" to combat gun violence.
Here at Hi-Point Forums, we suggest you remember that.