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Connecticut Man One Of First People Charged Under New State Gun Laws

A Bridgeport, Conn., man is believed to be one of the first people in the state to be charged with failing to register a gun magazine under new laws on Sunday.

According to Norwalk Police reports, Tyrone Watson, 30, of Bridgeport, was charged for possession of a high-capacity magazine on or after Jan. 1, 2014, that was obtained before April 5, 2013. His court date is Jan. 17, The Hour reported.

Watson was pulled over on Water Street at 1:25 a.m. Sunday. The officer who stopped Watson believed he was being tailgated by him, police said.

During his interview with police, the officer had seen that Watson had a valid pistol permit.

While Watson was being patted down, the officer found a handgun, which was loaded with 11 bullets, and had a magazine that could handle 15 rounds, the Norwalk Daily Voice reported.

According to the state’s new legislation, which went into effect Jan. 1, it is illegal to buy, sell or manufacture magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. High-capacity magazines that were purchased prior to the passage of the new law had registered by Dec. 31.

Watson was advised of the new law, and he told Norwalk officers that he was unaware of the law or the deadline, according to the police report.

A subpoena was issued by police, and the gun and magazine were returned to Watson. According to police, Watson was told to store the items in his trunk until he got home.


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