Comment: This Connecticut Law Clearly Violates the U.S. Constitution

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This Connecticut Law Clearly Violates the U.S. Constitution

The federal government and each of the States are prohibited from enacting Bill of Attainder as well as Ex Post Facto laws (see: U.S. Constitution, Article I, Sections 9 and 10).

What is a Bill of Attainder? Simply put it is a law that punishes a person or a group of persons (e.g. gun owners) with criminal and civil penalties including the taking of their property (personal or real) by declaring such persons guilty without benefit of due process (see: ).

Civil Asset Forfeiture laws are one example of unconstitutional statutes.

What is an Ex Post Facto Law? Ex post facto means, "after the fact", where a law punishes a person for an act that was not previously illegal (see: ).

For example, yesterday you legally purchased a firearm with a high capacity magazine. There was no requirement for you to register the purchase. Today the government passes a law that says you must register the firearm and if it is a certain type of firearm you are denied its possession and must dispose of it. If you do not comply you will be charged with committing a criminal act and punished. That is an ex post facto law and unconstitutional if it is applied to purchases prior to the enactment of the law. New purchases of course are subject to the precept of the law.