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Malloy Unveils Gun Control 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 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 Thursday 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 and speech above.

H. Ferguson February 24, 2013 at 07:01 PM
The chances of being attacked by a mass-murderer are a million to one, but the chances of being abused by our government are now 100% Governor Malloy is not doing us any favors
Peter February 25, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Malloy is playing to the Washington in-crowd which he aspires to join in higher office. With the VP coming to town, Malloy wasted no time showing that he was one of the boys. He also didn't like the way he saw the committee headed - not in a direction that supported his aspirations to please Washington.
Steven DeVaux February 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Those poor people with good intentions can now see how democratic governor Dan "The Sham" Malloy used them to further his political aspirations and when they weren't going to, he tossed them on the scrapheap of history. As with all fascists, they use people and them toss them aside.
Professor Zwergel February 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Wrong Peter, Our good governor is responding to the wishes if the people of CT - control the guns of the insane and the criminals.
Lucia February 25, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Zwergel - Gun control policies don’t work because they disarm citizens while keeping criminals in possession of guns. Chicago’s strict policies have effectively given lawbreakers a monopoly on weapons in many parts of the city that the Chicago Police cannot or will not police effectively. A nice contrast to Chicago is Houston, which is very similar to Chicago in terms of socioeconomic factors such as population, density, and segregation. Houston, like Chicago, is a major center for illegal activities such as the drug trade and human trafficking. Despite all this, Houston has a murder rate 2/3rds that of Chicago because the people of Houston are well armed, while innocents in Chicago have been condemned to be sitting ducks. Proponents of gun control have their heart in the right place. They would like to see fewer people murdered. Fewer dead people is a laudable policy goal. Unfortunately, gun control does not achieve this goal.
Lucia February 25, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Zwergel Part II: After the Sandy Hook shooting calls have come for “common sense” gun control, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles used in the senseless massacres. These weapons have been proven to protect property owners at their homes and business time and time again. Any gun deaths are a tragedy, but restricting gun possession does not prevent them. John Lott’s seminal work “More Guns, Less Crime” found that allowing law-abiding citizens to possess firearms reduces violent crime and causes criminals to turn to crimes which do not involve as much confrontation, such as break-ins. While most proponents of gun control are well intentioned, they are wrong to call for limitations on the possession of weapons by law-abiding citizens.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 25, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Steven, The expression 'useful idiots' springs to mind.
Paul C. Barba February 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Couldn't disagree more. The point really is to prevent rogue gun shops and dealers from selling guns to anyone with a pulse and the money/credit. No one is saying you cannot own a gun or kicking open your doors to get them back, Talk like that is pure BS. Most people are just tired of seeing nuts with guns and a grudge killing innocent people and are looking for ways to stop it.
Paul C. Barba February 25, 2013 at 04:26 PM
What's wrong with background checks? Making sure they guy buying th gun is legit and not a former mental patient and a convisted felon? I would think gun owners would want to make sure people gettign guns were legit and that the stores/dealers selling to them are doing so on the up & up.
Paul C. Barba February 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM
What's wrong with background checks? Wouldn't they guarantee that gun owners are in fact law abiding citizens?
Paul C. Barba February 25, 2013 at 04:29 PM
The problem with Chicago's laws is that people once they leave the city can buy guns and come back into the city with them. Same as DC. If you want a gun to go to Virginia and buy them.
Paul C. Barba February 25, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I agree with your proposal about adding 20 years to any sentence for a crime commited using a firearm. However it doesn't solve the problem of nut jobs being able to buy powwerful weapons and lots of ammo to kill lots of people.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 25, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Paul, You said: "Most people are just tired of seeing nuts with guns and a grudge killing innocent people and are looking for ways to stop it." You cannot legislate against this, Paul. It's impossible. You can only serve to punish law-abiders and leave the criminals unaffected. The words 'gun control' only speak to legal, law-abiding gun owners in America.
Lucia February 25, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Paul, check this website, CT has regulations in place, but it did not stop Adam Lanza, a psychotic person bent on killing because his mental health needs were not met: http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?a=4213&q=494614
Steven DeVaux February 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Lucia, Don't confuse Paul with the facts. He already made up his mind.
Paul C. Barba February 26, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Adam Lanza was someone with mental problems who was given access to weapons and training with those weapons by his mother who was in denial about his condition. As a "responsible gun owner" she should have shown better judgement and she didn't and we saw the result of her actions in Sandy Hook Elementary. Steve: You've made up your mind too, so lets not kid ourselves. The 2nd amendment is very clear. A well regulated militia. Thus we try to achieve the balance between those who want all guns banned and those who think they should be able to buy any gun anytime.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 26, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Paul, I'm in the Invisible Militia, so the Second Amendment has me covered, right?
Professor Zwergel February 26, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Donald, yea you're the invisible militia, and I'm Batman. Spending 20 hours a day on Patch does not make you a super patriot, it's a sure sign of INSANITY. Patch was intended for communities to share information of a common interest, NOT for lunatics to dominate with non stop propaganda.
Steven DeVaux February 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Paul, Note: It does not say a state militia. It does not say a federal militia. It simple say militia.
Steven DeVaux February 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Who said anything about patriotism?
Donald Borsch Jr. February 26, 2013 at 03:02 PM
WR2A now on social media! Woo-hoo! http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/social-media-alert-facebook-page-and-twitter-now-active/ Hope to see you at Facebook or Twitter! Spread the word!
Donald Borsch Jr. February 26, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Zwergel, Don't tell me you are suffering from Patch envy! Yikes! ;)
Concerned February 26, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Peter what exactly is your point here? The attack in China did not lead to any deaths. Isn't that the point? Gun control actually saved those kids lives there.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Tired, "Large knives and cleavers are found in nearly every Chinese kitchen. Experts say that because the assailants haven't gotten hold of guns, strictly controlled in China, they have tended to go after victims who are the most vulnerable." http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/13/world/la-fg-china-school-attack-20100513 So, you say that this attack did not lead to any deaths? And that gun control actually saved lives? Wow....I'm speechless.
Concerned February 26, 2013 at 04:29 PM
@Donald, clever of you to pull up a different story than the one mentioned by Peter. I was responding to his quoted story only. So, I stand by my comment regardless of how you try and twist it.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 26, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Tired, No, not clever. I cited the wrong event. This was totally my mistake, and I apologize. However, Peter made his point. In the absence of guns, madmen will still kill as they see fit. That is not a pro-gun control argument, Tired. It fails to address the killer's mindset and will.
Facts4 Brookfield February 27, 2013 at 01:19 AM
George Zimmerman was a "law abiding citizen"... the country would be SO safe if everyone ran around like him doing the "right thing". End guns and you end gun voilence.
Maxx Hawke February 27, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Bullseye, Peter! It appears the State of Connecticut's top Demokrat is forgetting that he presides over a "Democracy", toting the party line for Komrade Obama.
Steven DeVaux February 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM
That's right. Looks at how successful the "War on Drugs" has been when it outlawed drugs.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 02, 2013 at 03:27 AM
These guys are obviously responsible gun owners and supporters of The Second Amendment. Obviously. http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/this-is-not-the-second-amendment-photos/

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