Veteran caught in Connecticut ‘assault weapon’ catch-22
By Chris Eger
“My only options were to turn the weapon over to the state for destruction, or to transfer the weapon outside the state of Connecticut,” said Starr, who bought the AR-15 prior to the ban and was deployed when it went into effect. (Photo: U.S. Army)
A Soldier serving overseas while his home state updated their regulations on owning certain firearms says he was left inadvertently in violation of the law.
Brandon Starr joined the U.S. Army in 2006, serving in Iraq with the famous “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division. On a trip to his home state of Connecticut in 2010 to visit family on leave, he legally purchased an AR-15 locally and left it at his home of record when he rejoined his unit.
Then came the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown in 2012, after which lawmakers in the state moved to implement some of the strongest gun control laws in the country.
Connecticut has had a prohibition very similar to the expired Federal Assault Weapons Ban since 1994. More than 100 new models were added to the ban in April 2013, leading to some 50,000 grandfathered weapons and a similar number of large capacity magazines registered with the state police