Malloy Signs Connecticut Gun Bill Into Law

The bill gives the state some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and includes stipulations for mental health and school security.


After legislation passed Connecticut's general assembly in the early hours of Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law Thursday afternoon, giving Connecticut sweeping new gun laws that include expanded bans on high-powered weapons, high-capacity magazines and universal background checks.

"In some sense, I hope this is an example to the rest of the nation," he said. "Certainly to our leaders in Washington, who seem so deeply divided on an issue like universal background checks, when the country is not divided itself."

Malloy said around 90% of Americans support universal background checks for those purchasing guns, one of the stipulations in the new law.

"We can never undo " said Malloy. "But we can make Connecticut towns and cities safer, and this bill does that."

After the Connecticut legislature's bipartisan task force set up in the aftermath of the shooting brought back recommendations for extensive changes, the general assembly passed through the legislation in a marathon session. Some, including parents of victims, had called for extensive changes after the shooting.

Malloy said he has set August 1 as a deadline for the structures within the bill to be put in place, saying he met with law enforcement officials Thursday morning to discuss a timeframe.

The law:

  • Expands the existing Connecticut Assault Weapons Ban to include more high-powered weapons
  • Bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and requires registration for those who currently own high-capacity magazines
  • Establishes universal background checks for firearms
  • Sets up a "dangerous weapon offender" registry

In addition, the bill contains many mental health and school security provisions, including:

  • Creating a task force to study mental health among Connecticut's young adults
  • Allowing Boards of Educations to institute in-service mental health training
  • Requiring schools to develop safety plans
  • Establishing a council to develop safety standards for new school building projects

Click here for full text of the bill.

WaxyGordon April 12, 2013 at 06:05 PM
In my opinion this is FAR WORSE than the NRA's robo calls that people were upset with..for shame Blumie, for shame. How do you even look at your self in the mirror. You probably do not have a reflection
Donald McGarry April 13, 2013 at 01:13 PM
.."The Dick who lied about not serving in Vietnam"...wasn't an outright lie. I think he said he "mispoke". ..a made- up word concocted by politicians to expalin the phenomenon of how their mouths move much faster than their brains
Donald McGarry April 13, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Waxy -- funny thing is if you or I lied about military service, we'd be immediately skewered, torched, and hung from the nearest tree. It would be career suicide, at the least., or labeled "emotionally disturbed". We have to cut Dick some slack though. With all the pressures he's under trying to remember what he promised to who, it would be easy for him to forget that he did'nt serve in one of the world's greatest wars. I myself, have to be reminded sometimes that I did'nt drive a tank with Telly Savalas in the Battle Of The Bulge... and I still have my job!
WaxyGordon April 13, 2013 at 06:21 PM
You are correct 'D' only a slimeball politician would justify a out and out lie by saying they misspoke...and all of those members of the Newtown Action Alliance have been 'misthinking' all these past weeks
C J H May 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Just to show how restrictive gun laws are working in the rest of the country, read this. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting today that there will be no bond for a 33-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and killed a six-month-old toddler in March because of an alleged dispute with the baby’s father over a stolen video game system. RELATED TOPICS Chicago is once again racking up homicide numbers that will exceed the entire state of Washington by the time the year is out. This news comes as the Sun-Times added up the Windy City’s Memorial Day weekend body count of six dead and 23 wounded, a record upon which anti-gun Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his former boss, President Barack Obama can hang their laurels as examples of what restrictive gun laws can accomplish. And they want to make the rest of the nation just like their home town. According to the Daily Mail, murder suspect Koman Willis is “a 33-year-old documented gang member with 38 prior arrests.” How does one rack up more than one arrest for every year of their life and still be walking around as a suspect in a murder over a Play Station console and allegedly stolen drugs? News reports say the baby’s father, identified as Jonathan Watkins, was the target but the gunman evidently couldn’t shoot straight. Watching Chicago’s body count add up has almost become a spectator sport, with each successive Monday news cycle offering a wrap-up of the weekend carnage. Contrast Chicago with Seattle, a city in the midst of a state with very moderate gun laws; a state where it is legal to carry concealed with a license and openly without so much as personal identification, so long as it is done in a lawful, non-threatening manner. You cannot walk down a street waving a gun around promiscuously but you can stroll along with a holstered pistol on your belt, minding your own business. In Illinois, at this moment, attempts to pass a concealed carry law are stalled, and people keep dying. This column checked with Jeff Kappel, Seattle Police Department information officer, who confirmed that there have been ten criminal homicides committed in the city so far this year, plus three homicides involving police who fatally shot suspects. Compare Chicago to Seattle and which city with its relative gun laws looks safer? The gun used in the killing of baby Jonylah Watkins more than two months ago has not been recovered, the Daily Mail noted. Adding to the tragedy, the newspaper said Judy Watkins, Jonylah’s mother, was shot in the knee last year when she was eight months pregnant with the baby. In January, the Daily Mail noted, 43 people were killed in Chicago, the highest number in some years. It would take two years for Seattle to log that many slayings. Look no farther than Chicago for proof of anti-gun insanity - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com


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