NORWALK, Conn. – A Bridgeport man became the first person charged in Norwalk with having a high-capacity magazine under Connecticut’s new gun laws this weekend.
The 30-year-old Bridgeport resident was pulled over on Water Street early Sunday morning after he was seen driving with an illegal cover on his license plate, according to Norwalk Police reports. During his interview with police the officer noticed that the man had a valid pistol permit, and later found a handgun during a pat-down.
The handgun was loaded with 11 bullets, and had a magazine capable of handling 15 rounds, police said. Under the new laws passed by the state last April, it is illegal to buy, sell or manufacture magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.
Weapons purchased before the law’s passing are legally grandfathered in, but gun owners were required to register those magazines with the state by Jan. 1. The gun owner told Norwalk officers that he was unaware of the law or the deadline, according to the police report.
He was issued an infraction for possession of a large-capacity magazine and having a mutilated license plate.
The weapon was returned to the owner, under the condition that he keeps the magazine separated from the handgun, and he was released at the scene, police said.