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Malloy Unveils Gun Safety Measures

The governor wants to ban large capacity magazines for guns, implement universal and comprehensive background checks for gun purchases and strengthen the assault weapons ban.

 

Saying Connecticut runs the risk of "letting this critical moment in history pass us by," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today proposed a series of gun control measures, including making large capacity gun magazines illegal in Connecticut, establishing universal background checks for gun purchases, improving gun storage safety measures, strengthening assault weapons rules in the state and improving existing gun laws.

In a speech at a symposium in Danbury earlier today that included an appearance by Vice President Joe Biden, Malloy announced he would circumvent the very gun violence task force he established about two months ago in the wake of the Newtown shootings that killed 26 people at an elementary school.

Malloy said yesterday he intended to announce his own proposals because he's grown frustrated with the delays by the task force caused by political differences among its members.

The broad outline Malloy presented for enacting gun control safety legislation includes a list of executive actions the governor's office will take, as well as asking the Sandy Hook Advisory Council to develop additional recommendations.

Some of the actions Malloy's office will take include:

  • Directing state police to and requesting that state’s attorneys, probation officers, parole officers, local police, and bail commissioners report on how they prioritize crimes involving firearms pursuant to 51-277c.
  • Directing the OPM Undersecretary on Criminal Justice, in consultation with state police, to determine what additional information or resources are needed to ensure the completeness and accuracy of state background checks for firearm permit applicants.
  • Directing state agencies to reexamine protocols for exchanging information to ensure that background checks and state and federal databases contain the most up-to-date information about permit applicants, permit holders and firearm purchasers.
  • Requesting criminal justice agencies and victim advocacy groups to report on the level of awareness and use of the existing law regarding seizure of firearms; request feedback on how to increase awareness and make it easier to report when someone who owns a firearm may pose a risk to self and others.
  • Directing the state crime lab to report on the backlog of firearms traces/analysis and summarize what resources would be necessary to clear the backlog.
  • Directing the state police to report to the Sentencing Commission and the OPM Undersecretary for Criminal Justice on available firearms statistics, including how many military-style assault weapons not subject to the ban have been sold in Connecticut in recent years.

You can view PDFs of the governor's proposal, as well as of his speech, above.

Chris LaCava, M.S., L.Ac. February 22, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I am disappointed by the lack of professionalism when I hear Gov. Malloy say Connecticut runs the risk of "letting this critical moment in history pass us by." The Sandy Hook incident was an atrocity and we need to do something to keep this kind of event from never happening again, but trying to rush to a solution is a bad idea. Emotions are still high and all the reliable information is not out yet (i.e. Police Report of the Sandy Hook incident that started this recent upsurge) When trying to formulate a solution for any problem, facts are needed and emotions must take a back seat because rushing to a solution without the facts can create more problems in the long run.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 23, 2013 at 06:58 PM
What our Governor is proposing is just a first step in regard to GUN CONTROL. We the citizens of CT suffered the most in the loss of our children because of a weapon that has no use in the hands of civilians. Its sole purpose is to KILL people in this state and we don't need it. We are not a civilian army of individuals. When our state requires a militia we have one under the command of our Governor and the National Guard, and not individual civilians going half-cocked defending their homes against civil authority, which to me is treason. Handguns are not for hunting so the use of these weapons are for self protection of self and home as a LAST resort and not in the first instant. Everyone who discharges a bullet from their registered weapon should be held accountable by the police and states attorney's office. Then and only then will their guns be returned to the owner. The owner should also be held liable for the loss of their weapon and any criminal acts it commits. If you fear its misuse don't own the weapon.

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