I also live in CT but I don’t own guns. This is probably for the best, as you’ll see shortly.
I’m a person who thinks guns and explosions and sharp objects and the like are cool. In this respect I’m still somewhere between like 6 and 13. Pure child like enjoyment of certain subjects (hell if you’re interested you can check out another thread where I made a sword from a piece of soft rolled steel)
Unrelated to that, I’m prone to some pretty wild emotional roller-coasters. Not to delve too deep into my psyche, but for the purposes of this explanation I need not say more than that at my absolute lows, which often don’t last very long, maybe an hour at most, I’ve 100% considered suicide in very pragmatic terms.
My childlike enjoyment of firearms combined with my yuppy salary mean that if it was ever convenient, I’d probably purchase one and safely play around with it for a little while, maybe shoot a few targets, I’m honestly not too sure what gun owners generally do with their guns, before storing it safely, gun safe, yadda yadda yadda.
The fact is that in my state, it’s never been convenient. So I’ve never bothered with the purchase. I don’t put a lot of thought into this sort of thing, I’ve never even bothered to look into what the process is, other than the time my coworker told me she owned firearms and I asked what the process of acquiring them in CT was like.
Conversely, were I ever to own or have easy access to firearms, and I hit one of my lowest lows…
The point is that yes. These laws absolutely do something. Maybe not against a motivated person with funds or whatever. But laws generally aren’t designed to stop exactly one person from doing something, they’re designed for populations, populations with various levels of care, various use cases, various financial situations, backgrounds, etc etc.
The question isn’t, does it help in a particular case. It’s are they, on balance good for society at large? For my part, I’m vibrantly grateful we have them.