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.

Concerned Parent & Gun Owner April 07, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Listen to these raging liberals squawk about how career law enforcement should fulfill their oaths to uphold and defend that US and Connecticut Constitutions. "Shut up and do your job" - something I am sure the local police in Warsaw were told by the Gestapo in the late 1930s. "Shut up you stupid Pole and put those crooked-nose Jews into those train cars". Yup, you sound just like that Archie. And nice touch calling them "yokels" Bro Kelley showing us all that you are indeed a snob elitist. I just love when my so-called intellectual betters show me just how much better they are than the rest of us knuckle-dragging heathens.
Thomas Crafts April 07, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Have you ever heard of the Oathkeepers? At the end of the day if the police won't enforce this crap then it effectively doesn't exist. The police and the military are on our side.
Thomas Paine April 07, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Archie and Brother Kelley seem to not know too many in LE or the military. They simply think because a controversial order is given, it will be carried out immediately and without question. Clearly, they fail to realize is that every patrol level LEO and soldier are "normal folk" in the sense of being either a gun-hater or being gun-friendly. In an all-volunteer military, there are very few bleed-heart liberals who are reflexively anti-gun. Most LEOs and soldiers would refuse an order to take part in the confiscation of weapons. First, the Governor or President would have to give such an order, which is an “Illegal Order” in violation of both the US and Connecticut Constitutions. Even if they would not refuse the order based on rights, it is unlikely these folks could continue to work, live or be stationed in communities that they were told to disarm. They would be ostracized in their places of worship, schools, clubs and everywhere they would have to interact with those they were told to disarm. Even the bosses would have to worry since Chiefs and Sheriffs also have to live and work in the same communities they serve. (continued)
Thomas Paine April 07, 2013 at 06:12 PM
(continuing) But let's assume that some local agencies do observe the order, to what effect? Local tac-teams could probably only do 8-10 surprise hits Day 1. This would involve inventorying weapons, bringing them into a secure storage facility, apprehending/booking the owner & doing all the local/state/federal paperwork. Also, armed raids are physically & mentally draining. But assume that they hit ten houses and seize the owners' guns on Day 1, what happens on Day 2? By then word would get out & two things would happen. First, the team's officers will have to deal with the consequences of their actions in the community. Second, all of the other gun owners would now be aware that an unconstitutional search/confiscation pogrom had started. In the best case, some gun owners would voluntarily turn-in their stuff. Second, it is more likely stuff would go into hiding, outside the houses of record. Also, Home Depot would run out of 8" PVC pipe & end caps. Third, and most dangerous for all, some gun owner will decide to strap on his hardware and stand at his front door when the LE vans pull up. An argument ensues, shots are fired and someone goes down. Whether it was a LEO or the civilian, that is likely the end of the gun search & seizure pogrom. If the civilian is shot, the blowback will be instantaneous & draw national media. If LEO shot, the civilian is also dead, and the resultant media will be worse. Liberals think LEOs are automatons, they are not.
WaxyGordon April 07, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Ken Dixon wrote a commentary in todays News Times..Here is my letter back to him that I just emailed out: Ken, I read the commentary that you wrote and published in the Sunday April 7th Danbury News Times entitled "Gun lobby could use a different face" and I was sickened by what you had to say. You open up your commentary with, " The bouquet in the Capitol halls held notes of overripe flannel shirts and cigarette breath, as the gun enthusiasts jockeyed the other day to watch what they thought was their impending loss.", then you go on to describe " Some 20 something guy in a knit cap was standing on a step riling up the crowd"....What I see here is nothing less short of the way Nazi Germany used the press to dehumanize the Jews. Describing physical characteristics as if they were not on the same level to get anyone who might have any shred of sympathy for them to abandon it and start to think their way, the Nazi way. Josef Goebbels himself could have written that commentary in today's paper. I don't have to tell you the ending of the story of what happened in Nazi Germany, look it up if you are unfamiliar with it Continued
WaxyGordon April 07, 2013 at 08:22 PM
continuation: You are deliberately trying to categorize all gun enthusiasts with the way they dressed as if there is something wrong with them because of their appearance in addition to their passionate belief in the 2nd Amendment. Yes of course I believe in that other great Amendment guaranteeing Freedom of the Press, but you are not using that freedom responsibly. I am the father of three children that all matriculated through the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I attended one of the top universities in the United States. I live at what would amount to 'ground zero' of the 12/14 massacre. I do not smoke cigarettes, I wear a suite and a tie with white Oxford shirts……. I am a gun owner and I can assure you of this, there are thousands of other gun owners in CT that look, dress and smell just like me, guaranteed. Do I think what happened on 12/14 was something of unimaginable horror, of course I do. Does my heart break for the victims and their families, of course it does. Do I think that my rights should be infringed upon because of what happened, no I do not. When you pick on someone because you do not agree with them and resort to pointing out their physical appearance, which is different that yours and your friends to others, that means that you have no intelligent thoughts to debate them with. I am signing this with my pen name because I no longer trust the media or our government. Waxy Gordon
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner April 07, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Waxy - Bravo! The elitist uses snark and sarcasm to belittle thos with whom they disagree. Saul Alinsky talks about isolating the enemy in any way possible, even if mockery is the only tool. So many gun controllers believe they have some sort of moral high ground from which they can rhetorically and literally look down upon those who argue for gun rights. Obama spoke for all of them when he used the now infamous "bitter clinger" comment when he thought he was off the record. This is not about gun control, it is about control in an ongoing culture war, guns are only the most recent battlefield. Everyone remember the "war on women" that the Media covere non-stop up through the elections? Hear anything about that recently? Is the "war" over, or have they just shifted the battle field? "War on women" became the Left's rhetorical club then and anyone not against that false war was unenlightened. Now the clunpb is "common sense gun control" because you know, if you are not for "common sense" then you are an unenlightened flannel-wearing, cigarette-smoking, beer-swilling, knuckle-dragging clinger automaton minion of the evil NRA. Thanks Waxy for facing such a jerk!
Fred April 07, 2013 at 10:40 PM
The point is Australia was able to have a greater impact than the US could ever have in removing guns and it still does not work. End result - bad people still have guns, those that choose to be law abiding none... The founding fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the second amendment, they were revolutionaries for heaven's sake. Read what they wrote, they wanted an armed populace. These changes should take a constitutional amendment.
Dawn Jeronowitz April 10, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Please know, it is 100% fact that Rx psychotropic drugs are the direct cause of these violent massacres and suicides. I was that Adam Lanza, in 2001, age 31. Paxil. Quite an ordeal it was. I opened my maximum 3 minute testimony at the 2006 FDA Psychopharmacological Advisory Committee Hearing by saying: "I would like to thank MYSELF for the MIRACLE of my being here today." I watched parents testify how their 8 year old little girl was given such 'medication', shortly thereafter, they discovered her hanging from her canopy bed. I consoled them. I testified to the FDA, "Prescription suicide is simple: a delusion manifested to actualize an escape from madness. Optimum because induced insanity is so horrific that living as such is more petrifying than death itself, comparatively, a relief." The FDA panel added 'young adults' into warnings at the end of the commercials and advertisements. Since then, a TV monkey given Xanax ripped off the face of a woman, massacres rise, suicides climb and in the midst of my own 2001 adverse experience, terrorists took down 3 planes, two towers and thousands of lives using their weapons: knives.
G April 10, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Concerned...Gun Owner - I may not agree with your position but my question is real... I'm also not trying to be the spelling police or whatever, but what does "clunpb" stand for? Is that a UN thing or something? Patriot bureau? Parole board? Committee for Legislation? I get the knuckle-dragging, beer-swilling, cigarette-smoking image though. Pretty funny. Personally, when I drink beer, I drink Bud (unlike that elitist leftist in those Dos Equis ads), and I smoke (but I don't buy 'em) so I smoke whatever my friends are smoking on that day (so obviously I'm a Democrat). I did give up the knuckle-dragging after Cheney shot that guy in the face, so I feel much better about myself now. Now I just gotta figure out the whole woman's plumbing thing and how we can control it. Hey, I'm not there yet but I'm trying to be a proud GOP'er!
Connecticut15 April 11, 2013 at 08:01 AM
I looked at the link to Quinnipiac's 'national poll' listed by Newtown Resident and Teacher. The towns listed for sections of Pennsylvania are a bit puzzling to me or maybe not, Democratic areas listed - how many are more conservative areas and why not polled as are the ones in Connecticut. Most interestingly, i see large sections of the country not included such as the southeast and the midwest. How could this poll then be a national representation? It really doesn't appear to reflect a national perspective. So, now we should go to who were polled, how many of them, what questions asked, what definitions given for the questions..
Connecticut15 April 11, 2013 at 08:08 AM
To Sam Milhailoff - Yes, weapons securely locked, but access can be attained by a person or the owner or the permittee with the combination; so, now what? If the case is that Adam Lanza's home and all its occupants should have been denied access or possession because he had a mental illness, then that is different. How does the law designate responsibility and accountability for not reporting mental illness?
Connecticut15 April 11, 2013 at 08:33 AM
So if the NRA's ideas are out of line, then why did the Board of Ed in Newtown vote a few months ago to have armed guards in all their schools? It appears that having 'gun free' zones advertised doesn't work with criminals. Please access the Youtube of the women testifying to Congress about the TX gun shooting wherein she abided by the law, left her gun in her car, and then was defenseless watching innocent people be shot and killed. Re Sandy Hook, where is the toxicology report on the killer? Why is it taking so long to release the information? Where was the community and the schools in helping this family? Did they refuse help? Was help offered?
WaxyGordon April 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM
As soon as the next big thing comes along to boost political careers, these Newtown victims families being paraded around like pedigrees at Westminster will be forgotten by Obama, Malloy and all the rest of them
Donald McGarry April 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Malloy is correct..Connecticut does set an example for the rest of the nation - Connecticut is proud home to more handgun manufacturers that any other state, and Connecticut guns are still the best quality..good luck with that gun control reform!!!
Donald McGarry April 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Another Lanza Attack !! ..this time in Texas...same psycho, same patheitc disorders, different weapon. Was Sandy Hook just an isolated incident that wont occur again, or was it one more in an increasing series of new acts of terror being committed against the most vunerable targets ? What a difference one single, well-placed bullet could have made !!! Yes, I am expolting the tragedies to bolster my position - we need more armed protection in public areas... Lets bring the discussion back to reality....training, funding, security..
Donald McGarry April 11, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Malloy sails his yacht, Malloy goes golfing, Malloy, visits his beach house, Malloy picks his nose, Malloy signs awesome bill, killer attacks another school...
WaxyGordon April 11, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Yup...There are 10,000 more Adam Lanza's out there just sitting in their basements like ticking bombs. The politicians do not want to face the facts of mental health in this country...thats too hard...going after the gun owners is a lot easier and will make them seem like they are doing something
Donald McGarry April 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM
yes Waxy..and I bet all those Lanzas out there fantasizing about slaughtering helpless citizens are really scared and concerned about that new magazine capacity limit/registration regulation. WOW, the psycho killers didnt see that one coming !! BTY, who is qulaified to be the offficial "magazine capacity registrar"??? Whats the salary? Any state benefits?? Same applicatoin as the position for emissions tester??? Lets follow that money trail and see whose brother-in -law from Jersey gets that contract. Any more bright ideas for pissing away taxpayers' dollars ???
Donald McGarry April 12, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Waxy, I dont want to assume, but I bet you bought your gun to protect your family. Same reason I did. I wonder how many gun owners had the same motive when they made the brave decision to bring a gun into their home - Im betting that the fugure would include the majority of owners. I say brave, as corny as it sounds, because I realize that most owners consider many factors before taking on that huge resposibility. "Reformers" fail to acknowlege, or are afraid to think of gun owners as family people, That would mean that we are no different than they are. Its easier for them to justify their selfish impositions by demonizing their opponent. They also have the rationale twisted - we dont own guns because the Constitution allows us to. We own guns because we love our families. I think the designers of the Constitution had the same intentions
Sanchez April 12, 2013 at 02:03 PM
EDITORIAL: Blumenthal uses Sandy Hook to raise campaign cash! http://nhregister.com/articles/2013/04/11/opinion/doc5167246494401824846087.txt?viewmode=fullstory EXPLOITATION for financial gain is sick sick sick!
Donald McGarry April 12, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Stoney, I remember before the election, a co-worker righteously said to me, " Hey, Obama's going to build up the middle class, that's us!! Just last week, same guy complained to me, "This sucks, the middle class is paying for everything!!" I love the libs approach - I want. I want it now, And I'll get it over your dead body, if I have to. Now, I want something else. I want it now...and on and on...
WaxyGordon April 12, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Yes, ' D' those psychos are shaking in there boots now that CT has such tough gun control, they are probably looking into other ways to kill time like starting arose garden or something. I had heard that NJ also passed a law a few years ago to surrender any mags over 10 rounds, only 800 were turned in for the entire state. AND I agree we really need to follow the money trail on this (that is very important), I also agree with you, someone's 'brother in law' will be raking in the dough. Just like a lot of other things that CT makes you do, our politicians are a bunch of crooks.
WaxyGordon April 12, 2013 at 05:48 PM
WOW, I expected this but not so soon. he really has no pride. Talk about exploitation, if you looked that word up in the dictionary there would be a picture of Tricky Dick Blumenthal
WaxyGordon April 12, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Saw this comment with the article:....For the record, any mention of Dick Blumenthal should always be prefaced by this: "The man who lied about serving in Vietnam"
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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