Conn. P.A. 13-3, prohibiting,
the ownership of numerous semiautomatic firearms.
The act followed the events of December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, where a lone gunman entered a grade school and shot and killed 26 individuals, including 20 school children. Building on previous legislation,
the definitional scope for an assault weapon has been expanded, including additional semiautomatic firearms.
However, the legislation does not prohibit bolt action rifles or revolvers,
nor most shotguns, all of which, subject to regulation, remain authorized.
Further, much of the legislation is not the subject of this litigation.
The legislation defines an assault weapon as any of a number of specifically listed makes and models
of semiautomatic centerfire rifles, semiautomatic pistols, or semiautomatic shotguns (collectively, hereinafter "semiautomatic firearms") "or copies or duplicates thereof with the capability of" such, that were in production prior to or on April 4, 2013.
In addition, the legislation bans an individual from possessing parts of an assault weapon that can be "rapidly" put together as a whole assault weapon.
The legislation further provides that a firearm can qualify as an assault weapon even if it is not specifically listed in the statute as long as it meets one of several criteria. This is sometimes referred to as the "one-feature" test.
Under this test, an assault weapon is "[a] semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine" and has either: (I) A folding or telescoping stock; (II) Any grip of the weapon, including a pistol grip, a thumbhole stock, or any other stock, the use of which would allow an individual to grip the weapon, resulting in any finger on the trigger hand in addition to the trigger finger being directly below any portion of the action of the