HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The next phase of Connecticut's new gun control law is underway. All of the new permits are now available and must be obtained by the end of the year.
When Governor Malloy signed the new gun control bill into law back in April. He ordered that all of the new permits and permit requirements be made available to the public no later than August 1st, so that all gun owners would have time to comply with the new laws by the first of the new year.
Ahead of schedule, all of the information has been posted on the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website.
Even though the popular AR-15 and similar rifles are now illegal to sell, if you bought one on April 4 or before you can keep it. However, you must register it.
You must register ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. And you also need a permit to purchase ammunition.
There are easy to find links to printable versions of all of the new permits on the website, along with instructions.
People are rushing to comply with all the new rules, and at times the line can stretch all the way out the door.
There was a moderate waiting time in the middle of the day Tuesday.
Despite loud grumblings on the internet about the new law, people News 8 spoke with said they didn't object to the new rules, even though regular pistol permits are taking four months or longer to get.
"I don't think it should have taken that long at the town level to get this far, but I can respect the changes," said Curt Smith, of Granby.
"It shouldn't be a problem if you're an upstanding citizen, you shouldn't have a problem with going through the proper channels," said Dornett McIntosh, of Hartford.
However, the waiting lines there are likely to last for the next five months.
"Once people understand the laws and figure out what they want as far as; do they want to get a pistol permit? Do they have a magazine that needs to be registered? Once they understand the law, once we hit the January 1st mark, we should start to calm down," said Lt. J. Paul Vance, CT State Police.
Click here to check out the new instructions and to get the new permit applications.
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