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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.

Eddie Willers February 23, 2013 at 03:39 AM
The bullet points above bear very little resemblance to Malloy's proposal, to the point of blatant falsehood. Read the PDF and tell me what I am missing. He seeks to ban a large number of firearms He seeks to ban virtually all magazines He seeks to conscript every citizen of CT into becoming an unpaid agent of the state He seeks to register every ammunition sale with the state Most importantly, he seeks to rush towards his own personal agenda in advance of the Newtown Commission's recommendations.and any official report of what transpired in Sandy Hook. Must not be going his way. Mrs. Willers is of the opinion that 41 years in Sandy Hook is about right, 42 years are way too many and 43 would be ridiculous, so I guess I owe ol' Dannel a solid: he finally did what I could not do- convince her to get the hell out of here. If this becomes law, no one with a femtogram of self respect will be able to live in CT.
Michael Cragin February 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM
excellent......CHANGES.....if you have been reading the COMMENTS from gun addicts on the patch......they are scaryyyy...when you know those same ranters have weapons.Push the changes through....pull in the reins on paranoia....Use some of the millions we have in town to BUY BACK the assault weapons from locals that own them......for 5,000$.....5x what they paid... You would be surprised how money can purchase cooperation
Betty February 23, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Nothing like showboating when the VP and cameras are in town and disregarding and disrespecting all the hard work of your own commission. That a fool this guy is.
Thomas Crafts February 23, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I didn't know there was an under secretary of Other Peoples Money (OPM).
Marc Michaud February 24, 2013 at 09:40 PM
"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people." Giordano Bruno (1548-burned at the stake,1600) Thank you, Lord Dannel, for showing us your true colors and trading upon the emotions of your psychologically wounded constituency to promote your agenda. You have usurped the task force you've appointed and acted without respect for their investment in our mandate to find competent solutions to our collective dilemma. Could it be that they dared to act and think independently of your intentions and discovered the inherent failures of the prohibitionist doctrine? Do you not see or care that the mere threat of these laws has resulted in a massive wave of panic buying? Do you not remember the mayhem created by the 1994 Assault Weapons bans? Of this much I am now certain, our Lord Governor will have his weapons bans amidst much acclaim from a biased media and his political sycophants. The laws will be pushed through on a wave of emotion long before the full facts from 12/14 are known. Once passed those deeply flawed laws will fail to address crimes of violence while simultaneously criminalizing a large portion of your citizenry, and causing millions of firearms to disappear into a massive black market.

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