Originally Posted by win-lose
It does us no good as a community under attack to recommend breaking the law on public forums.
Nobody here was recommending breaking any law, and it's against the rules of this site to do so. The owner broke the law two decades ago, when he failed to register the firearm as required by the then-new Connecticut AWB law. Moving the already-illegal firearm from his house to the trunk of his car does not constitute a new violation, nor does it add any counts to the existing violation. Driving the car (and the already illegal gun) from a place where the gun is illegal to a place where the gun is legal likewise does not constitute a new violation nor does it add any counts to the existing violation.
Ritz, I'm delighted that the problem has been solved and that your elderly relative has not been brainwashed into destroying a nice firearm that's potentially worth a couple of thousand dollars.