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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 yesterday said he intended to announce his own proposals because he's grown frustrated with the delays by the task force brought on 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 read the governor's full proposal, which is attached as a PDF to this post.

Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Please, everyone read the PDF. Read #3, then re-read it again. This man has no clue as to current CT laws that already are on the books as to assault weapons. Now he wants to impose them on weapons not so designated for he feels he must do something even if its wrong. Plus he wants mandatory registration of all your long guns. This will not stand up to a court challange. By the way, in CT if you want to purchase lets say a true machine gun as defined, it can be authorized and done so legally. Need a special "stamp" from ATF and a whole lot of other approvals, but yes you can own such. I will bet you he is not aware of this fact.
Jeff February 21, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Just when I was believing he was a moderate level headed Democrat , guess not !
Lance Coughlin February 21, 2013 at 06:35 PM
If he wants to stop gun violence he should offer 5 thousand cash, a pair of beyonce tickets, and a thousand dollar foot locker gift certificate to any woman willing to undergo tubal ligation. It would save us a fortune in entitlement handouts as well.
Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Lance, you and I both know this, if passed as is, nor any other "make me feel good" law will stop the current trend of gun violance.
Anthony M February 21, 2013 at 07:23 PM
"letting this critical moment in history pass us by," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Translation, using an emotional response to an even to push through laws.
Richard Poulton February 21, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Right you are Anthony. Not one politican has a clue as to what to do, but because of Newtown they are compelled to do something even though these laws will do nothing. As to Malloy's criminal justice, (CT Courts) recommendations. Check this out: CGS 53a-217, Possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Conviction brings only 2 yrs, no suspension no reduction. WOW, 2 years. Thats nothing, they can do that standing on their heads. Hanging with friends, 3 hots and a cot. Now if the CT courts want to do something about these felon's, and you read about them every week getting caught with guns, turn every case, EVERY CASE, over to ATF. Federal code 18 USC 922 (g) mandates a prison term of up to 10 years. make it so no early release and you have a law that will work. But, if the felon has three prior convictions of felonies, guess what it jumps to - 15 years.
Peter T. Cianelli February 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM
The Second Amendment in all of its glorious simplicity:..... ”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” ”Infringed” means “violated.” Synonyms of “infringe” include “breach,” “contravene,” “encroach,” “impose,” “intrude,” “invade,” “meddle,” “steal,” “offend,” “transgress,” and “trespass.” Replace “infringed” with any one of these synonyms and it should be obvious that the Framers were really serious about the right of American citizens to protect themselves, their families, and their liberty – and about their roles as Citizen Soldiers. This right – this unalienable right – shall not be infringed !!!!!
George Kenyon February 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Malloy decided, as his idol Obama has, if he doesn't like things, he will just go ahead and do them his own way. Where did this 10 round issue come from? Most fatal shootings occur with less than 4 rounds being fired (not that a murderer will be swayed by having an illegal magazine). But this magic number of 10? We all saw what happened and will happen here, it will be 10 this year, 7 next year and on and on. They claim the Giffords shooting (31 round magazine), these AR style rifles with 30 round magazines (a far reach from "10"). This state, led by people like Mike Lawlor and supported by people like our current state rep James Albis, have made our streets more dangerous by allowing criminals to roam free. There is no judicial accountability for the suspened sentences and diversonary programs criminals who should be in cages exploit. If Malloy and his crew want to make us safer, start with severely punishing criminals, enforcing existing laws. Magazine limits (which in the overall picture have very little impact on shootings as a whole), will do nothing. Gun free areas are nothing more then hunting grounds for criminals. The people of this state have spoke, and as we saw with the death penalty, we are being ignored. Because, the Democrats in Hartford are once again doing what "THEY" want.
George Kenyon February 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Richard, It usually gets softer then that as the courts will plea it down to the 53a-217c version of the statute. eliminating the Mandatory 2 years. Sickening isn't it.
George Kenyon February 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM
A letter signed off on by the publically silent Rep from East Haven. http://senatedems.ct.gov/PDF/duff-130220-congress.pdf
Bob Fawkes February 22, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Whenever someone claims to know what you need, you can be sure its not in your best interest.
Bob Fawkes February 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Here's a novel idea: http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/20/houston-group-giving-away-shotguns-high-crime-neighborhoods-to-test-if-crime-is-reduced/
Police_ State911 February 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM
George is an idiot. Probably McCann in cyber-drag.
George Kenyon February 22, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Oh look, another nameless, nutless wonder from the left.
Richard Esposito February 22, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Here's one for you Jacobo, http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/21/illinois-state-senator-pushes-anti-anonymity-bill/
Richard Poulton February 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Just a side-bar comment since Mr. Albis' name was raised. Did everyone get that little questionaire in the mail, asking for your opinion on the current issues and the budget? Or were they just sent to those homes where a registered democrat lives? If so, I was under the impression he represented all of the residents of EH, or am I wrong?
Richard Poulton February 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Richard, nice attachment. Someone should bring this to the attention to one of our elected officials in Hartford. I would love to see that passed here in CT. Let's see what happens in Illinois first.
Peter T. Cianelli February 22, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Richard....... thanks for sharing this link..... so many cowards would have to leave patch if this law was passed in Connecticut....
Richard Poulton February 22, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Too bad something like this would never pass. ACLU will go hog wild, freedom of speech thing.
Flowers February 23, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Whoa! The high fives of congratulations for our own Wayne Sanford have hardly died down and the committee is scrap.

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