Jan 1, 2014
06:17 AMConnecticut Today
AR-15 Ammo Magazines Sent to Connecticut Governor, Legislators as 'Gift'
State Senate Majoriy Leader Martin M. Looney said he would have preferred to receive a different type of magazine for a Christmas present.
“I wish he had sent me a New Yorker, the New Republic or the Atlantic,” Looney said when told he was the recipient of a high-capacity gun magazine.
Specifically, both Looney, D-New Haven, and state Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, each were sent one 28-round standard capacity AR-15 magazine, manufactured by C Products Defense Inc. of Bradenton, Fla.
It was part of Alabama gun activist Mike Vanderboegh’s “Toys for Totalitarians” campaign, in which he is sending banned high-capacity magazines to some legislators after he finished sending various examples of magazines to the governors of Colorado, Maryland, New York and, as of Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Looney said he was informed by Capitol Police Sgt. Timothy Boyle of the present late Monday.
The majority leader said he didn’t accept it and a spokesman for the police said the three empty magazines have been turned over to the Connecticut State Police major crime squad.
Looney said some people think the entire Constitution resides in the Second Amendment, rather than understanding the totality of the document.
The “gifts” were sent to governors where gun control legislation passed in 2013 as a response to the mass shootings in Newtown and Aurora, Colo., among other incidents.
The magazines for Looney and McKinney, who is among a growing field of likely Republican candidates for governor next year, were addressed to the Senate Democratic offices.
Brett Cody, spokesman for McKinney, said the senator, when informed of the present, also declined to accept it.
Andrew Doba, spokesman for Malloy, would only say a magazine had been received and the state police were investigating.
Lt. Paul Vance, spokesman for the state police, said detectives are examining “the types of circumstances of the receipt of it and state laws to ensure that no laws were violated.”
It doesn’t appear that sending an empty gun magazine in the mail is illegal and an agent in the New Haven field office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said ATF has no rules governing this.
Connecticut has banned ownership of high-capacity magazines since April 4, while residents who owned them before that had to register them with the state by Tuesday, or face a fine for an initial violation, then a possible jail term and the loss of the right to own any firearms.
The new state law in Connecticut forbids the importing of high-capacity magazines, said Michael Lawlor, Malloy’s chief policy person on criminal matters.