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Gun Owners' Names, Addresses Could Become Public

A West Haven lawmaker has introduced a bill to make public the names of some 170,000 gun owners in Connecticut.

If you own a gun in this state your name and address could become public under a bill introduced in the General Assembly by State Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven.

Dargan filed the proposal in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 20 children and 6 women on Dec. 14. His proposal would overturn a law passed in Connecticut 20 years ago that keeps private the names and addresses of gun owners.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Dargan said he wants gun ownership information to fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act in part so that parents can know whether the parents of their child's friends have guns in their homes.

"Maybe their kids are going over to Johnny Smith's, and maybe they want to see whether they have guns in the house," he told the newspaper.

Dargan's proposal follows another bill that was filed recently that seeks to limit who can own gun ammunition in Connecticut and to keep such ammunition out of the hands of felons. Gun control issues are expected to dominate the General Assembly's winter session, which formally begins next week, in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Bob Fawkes January 04, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Lenin, Hitler and Mao are proud of your work, Comrade Dargan.
Anthony M January 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Bad idea for people who do not own them. I know i wont be getting robbed. If it does pass home invasions will rise, people will die and then they will reverse this.
Josephine T January 04, 2013 at 07:29 PM
What is the point in making names and addresses of gun permit holders public?? The only people that are going to benefit from that information will be the criminals!! The proper authorities have the information and know how to track gun permit holders, that should be it.. Either the criminals will target houses without guns to rob or target houses of pistol permit holders to get guns..
donald n. mei January 04, 2013 at 08:04 PM
This is the kind of semi-intelligent fool we elect to our legislature. Anything to get his name in the papers. What a jerk.
Bunker January 04, 2013 at 08:31 PM
How about the names and addresses of those who collect food stamps? That receives public funding. How about we FOI the health records of everyone on Medicare and Medicaid as those are both publicly funded programs?
Richard Poulton January 04, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I have a good one. How about publishing the names of the illegal's living in NH that got those special ID cards, funded, purchased and handed out with public funds. But OH no, can't do that. Protected group.
melinda tillie January 04, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Richard, I usually read and agree with you to a degree but you are out of line here.
Peter T. Cianelli January 04, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Stephen Dargon representative from West Haven want to publish all legal gun owners names and addresses! Here is his ph number (203) 937-1985. Everyone should call him to tell him what an idiot he is.if that number's mailbox is full.. Call (860) 240-8585 and ask for Rep. Dargan. You'll get his assistant's voicemail. Leave a message
Anthony M January 05, 2013 at 03:20 AM
"Despite the city's efforts to ban semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, the weapons frequently used in Chicago — which had 506 homicides in 2012 — are handguns, which are rarely purchased through legal channels." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/04/chicago-has-tough-gun-laws-but-leads-nation-in-gun-violence/
Ann Della Camera January 05, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Peter, I will be sure to make that call. What idiot in their right mind would want to open the door to thiefs to know just where to find guns. I thought I had heard everything but this takes the cake. I hope even people that do not own guns call this guy and tell him what an incredible mistake this could be. If he wants something to do tell him to check those on welfare that are living with working husband and hiding it. If that;s not enough to keep him busy, tell him investigate the food stamp program. I am shocked that anyone representing us could be this stupid
Anthony M January 05, 2013 at 05:51 AM
"Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says" http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/law-enforcement-latest-critics-on-public-display-gun-owner-data-officers/#ixzz2H4rmJelD
Mike Liso January 05, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Sounds to me that Dargan is talking out of the other end of his body. Let's hope this bill never passes, it will open up pandoras box!!
Tom January 05, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Use your journalistic talent to please investigate and reveal that Rep Dargan is on the wrong path. Write about the fact that it is legal to have a firearm, whether a pistol, revolver or a long gun in one's homemor place of business without a permit in the state of CT. Licensing in the state focuses on caryying a concealed weapon not on gun ownership. Thus it is not necessarily true that just because you have a carry permit that you possess a gun. Likewise, as stated above there is no way publishing, the names of those with carry permits will (in Dargan's imagination) let "....johny's mommy know whether her son's host has a gun at home" because you do not need a license to have a gun at home. It is reasonable to assume that there are more than 177,000 homes with guns in CT! This requires sensible examination in an article. Does your paper have the intellectual fortitude for this? This proposed legislation is not on Dargan's website. What is his problem? He is not thinking it through
Bill Fasula January 05, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Yes, I happen to know for a fact that you can have pistols and rifles in your home without a permit. News reporters today just regurgitate information.
Sam Giglio January 05, 2013 at 02:05 PM
I think at times everyone gets crazy, First order of business everyone needs to work together and help find the right way to maybe stop other Newtown Massacre or mass shootings in our Country. This is very hard to do but we can try. The Banning of assault weapons and high capacty magazines could be a start. All States should have the same gun laws. One thing we donot need our the names of people who own guns, That will do nothing to help. BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS They have no place in our gun world or Country unless your in the Military or Law Enforcement
Lou Coppola January 05, 2013 at 02:40 PM
While we are at it lets create an app for that list as well...make it even easier... It truly is ridiculous to believe that a list will prevent further atrocities. In the 50's and 60's there were places established for the mentally ill to reside. Maybe that system should be revisited. Give me a break ! ! !
Doreen Boudreau Hausler January 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM
We're seeing extreme viewpoints come out from all sides of this debate. While I understand the desire to ensure safety for as much of our society as possible, a listing such as this would do little except put the folks who do not own guns at risk. If parents wish to know who their children are visiting (as mentioned in Mr. Darden's remarks), they need to communicate with the parents of friends where their children are visiting. Make informed decisions as to who you are comfortable allowing your children to visit based on many factors. Sure, gun ownership or possession might be one factor, for some. I personally am for regulation of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Regulation is different than a ban, though. Certainly, a list such as this serves little value when communication would be better. There is much discussion that needs to happen, obviously. Any initiatives to help make our world a safer, more pleasant place, needs to include talk about mental health, education, availability. It also needs to include regulation. I do not think it needs to include a public listing such as this. I do think that people need to read and educate themselves, with an open mind. Stop with attacks on others. Stop pointing fingers. Stop being so defensive. And, please pro-gun folks, please recognize that no one is coming to take all of your guns away. That's a fear that too many folks seem to have these days.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler January 05, 2013 at 02:57 PM
*Dargan.
Bill Keane January 05, 2013 at 04:35 PM
If such a list were to be published, I'd rather be on it than not. Even by mistake. Why? Because criminals will tend to invade homes where they expect the least resistance. Home invasions don't usually include a preliminary gun battle on the front lawn. I believe we need to enact tighter controls on guns, and especially on large capacity assault rifles. But this "list publishing" approach seems to be intended to antagonize lawful, and mostly responsible people. Doing it in context with Newtown is deeply insensitive, at best, not to mention tremendously counter-productive. It is entirely possible that a policy of making names public will actually increase the number of purchases made by people who previously owned no arms. I believe Mr. Dargan's approach is wrong-headed, even assuming the motives are well-intentioned.
Michael A. Mongillo January 05, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Here we go! This is not a good idea. for a few reasons, 1. That bill would expose the residences that have guns, a target for thieves. When out, they can break in. 2. On the other hand, it weeds out which houses are not protected. 3. It doesn't help the schools at all ! So, where are they going with this... Not to mention it only exposes the "registered" guns, not ALL guns... I understand that the local Govt wants to seem like they are doing "something", but this is not the way to go about it. I attest that bill 100% - Oh, and I indeed have guns! And children.... they are both SAFE.
MAC January 05, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Dems' ideas and laws on gun control are NOT the answer! Who do you BLAME in Chicago for all the gun violence (not to mention the government incompetence, corruption and insurmountable DEBT)?? Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago? Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago. 221 killed in Iraq AND ^^^ Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US. ^^^ ^^ The leadership in Illinois - all Democrats. ^^ President: Barack Hussein Obama Senator: Dick Durbin House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. Governor: Pat Quinn House leader: Mike Madigan Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) Mayor: Rahm Emanuel Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago. Of course, they're all blaming each other. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois. And he, and Malloy, are going to 'fix' "gun violence," and politics for us???
G. W. Hamer January 05, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Thank- You Sir, Just talked W/ his machine, at least he could'nt enterrupt! I left my name and address, informed him I am a registered voter and don't want his kind of representation now or in the future.
Peter T. Cianelli January 05, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Great statement Mac !!
Lou Coppola January 06, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I second that Peter...
Pete Zuppardi January 06, 2013 at 06:08 PM
What Lou said...
Tia Willour January 08, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Does anyone know his HOME address? I'd like to send him a letter, but send it to his home. I think it would make a great point. If anyone knows post it so we can do that.
Richard Poulton January 08, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Looking for Rep. Dargan's info? Just google search "Rep. Stephen Dargan" hit the CBIA site. Will give you everything you are looking for.

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