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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.

Jon Crickmore January 06, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Yes Mr Bond i know you favor changes to gun laws. That's what makes this country great. We all have the freedom to voice our opinions. I don't have to like your point of views but i do respect them. You are as free as I am and we are ALL entitled to our own thoughts, feelings, and opinions. I don't oppose others based on my beliefs i oppose those who try to make points using less then factual information. If strict guns laws was the answer to saving lives i would be all for some changes. The facts don't show gun laws will stop the killings and violence. Lets try to stay focused. Scum bags kill people. Scum bags don't obey the rules so changing them will only hurt law abiding citizens. I again point to the gun laws in Chicago. Do they work ??
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Jon, What bothers me the most is some posters add links to support their views,which is O.K. Then they say that my remarks are only opinion.Implying that because they can link me to articles that support them means they are correct. What they don't understand is that all laws begin as opinions,public opinion.Even the creators of the Constitution began with ideas/opinions, that they hashed out.ALL laws are merely that,opinions that become majority thought thus laws.Perfect? Show me perfect please.When attitudes change so do the laws they reflect.I believe that attitudes towards guns,their useage and the new technology that accompanies them are too much.The 2nd Admendment,and all the other Admendments, were written based on the public opinion of the times.Those times have changed and so have many of the attitudes from that period.I have never posted the abolition of guns,only some of the technology that,I believe,have made them too dangerous to be for public consumption.
Joel Waldron January 06, 2013 at 04:53 PM
That assumes the parents would tell the truth...
Joel Waldron January 06, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I think that we have to accept that there will be a flood of new laws being proposed - some good, others not so good, as we try to flesh this out. As the process moves forward, the not so good ones will tend to be tossed out. It's the way our system works. Personally, I think this one is a mistake.
Jon Crickmore January 07, 2013 at 10:58 AM
We all know what happens when the government gets involved. The government cant track the assault rifles they gave to the drug cartels in fast and furious. and now they have the answers ??

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