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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.

Paul Bahre February 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM
So the Governor is actually forcing the State Police to enforce existing laws? Wow imagine that...
Paul Hawkins February 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Exactly what I thought. Six points telling the government to do their job. Governor Photo-Op.
Joe February 22, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I'd like to see complete comprehensive background checks for anyone that runs for political office. Mental health, school records at all levels including have you taken an economics class, criminal, financial and character references being asked "does this person lie easily" Malloy, Obama, Blumenthal and Murphy would all be ineligible.
Paul Chotkowski February 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
What’s the rush? Is it the preliminary State Police report or is the voting public turning against you on the issue? Can’t imagine why, property confiscation, limiting a Constitutional right & turning the opposition into felons all with the stroke of your pen, what’s not to like, but you’ve gotta move before that fickle Witch [public opinion] moves on. If you don’t keep up the “momentum”, you might loose your chance to “fix” a problem that isn’t. More people are killed with hammers and blunt objects than are killed with semiautomatic rifles - FBI data so deal with it. NBD lets changes the meaning of words “Gun Control” and “Gun Confiscation” become “Gun Safety” and “Reducing Gun Violence” [can anyone say Chicago]. Progressive / Socialist, Hoplophobics, & general busybodies all think they know better than you how you should live your life & protect your family. They will not be happy until only an all powerful government and criminals have guns. They did learn the lesson of Lexington and Concord, don’t attempt to take them by force. They have Progressed to attempting to “control” them to the point of functional irrelevance. And the low-information, unaffiliated / independent, Sheeple can’t rouse themselves from their media induced somnolence to care that their rights & freedoms are being eroded - whatever! Comrade, may I remind you of four simple words that May Loy and BHO would rather simple ignore “Shall Not Be Infringed”.
Robert Kalechman February 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM
To think we the peopple put this man in the highest office in Connecticut and he tells us he is an Attorney at law say what you will this Governor will never make the trains run on time as for and bridges and roads in Connecticut that is the first sign that a government is failing been on the Connecticut Road lately

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