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.

Sandra February 22, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Guys we don't need an AR-15 to defend ourselves. According to Joe Biden if I hear something outside I should get my 2 bullet double barrel shotgun and shoot warning shots off my balcony or porch into the air. Biden thinks the bullets vanish in thin air? What if I shoot my neighbor's window? If there actually was an intruder now I am out of bullets and the burglar has control. Thanks Joe. If instead it was a squirrel outside and I hit a neighbor's window or worse, I could be arrested and my defense will be "Don't worry Joe Biden said it is OK to shoot off my balcony if I get scared."
DM February 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM
VP Biden makes Ted Nugent sound sane. His idea of firing a shotgun into the dark night to scare who knows what is beyond comprehension. The only good news is he is a democrat. If a Repub said the same it would be front page news.
Alrick H Man IV February 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Sometimes I really wonder Sandra if you are from this planet from some of the comments you make. I don;t really care if you think I need a AR 15 or not to defend myself,though I don't actually own one of those I am not going to submit to a national gun registry or register any assault weapon I currently have have. It is none of the governments business what I have other than the handguns that I already have been forced to register. Oh FYI you start "firing bullets out of your shotgun" off your deck consider it is against the law to discharge a firearm within city limits. So when the police get there you better have a damn good reason you were shooting out your neighbors windows
Igor February 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Alrick did actually read what Sandra said? I suggest that you re-read it. It's people like you that scare me. I don't always agree with Sandra but I recognize sarcasm when I read it.
Igor February 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM
did you actually it should have read.
Alrick H Man IV February 23, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Really don't know her that well to know if it was sarcasm but i know she never shot a gun before by her own admission. Many people respond "antigum" here having not ever shot a gun before and they simply speak out due to fear.
Truthseeker57 February 23, 2013 at 01:42 PM
The sarcasm was clear as day.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 23, 2013 at 01:42 PM
We Are The Second Amendment. Period. http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/welcome-to-wr2a/
Betty February 23, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Our idiot Govenor showboating when Biden and the cameras are in town and cutting the legs off HIS own commission before they are done LOL. Really shameful. He is just directing attention away from his failed economic policies.
Betty February 23, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Neither will hundreds of thousands if not millions of New Yorkers. They have stated a "We WIll Not Comply" movement.They are marching and over 30,000 are expected in Albany next sauturday.
Alrick H Man IV February 23, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Igor and Truthseeker are you both married to this girl Sandra? She can certainly defend herself then if it was sarcassm i would think!
Winston Bernard IV February 23, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Alrick. If you have read Sandra's other posts, you would know she's on our side. Everyone sees the sarcasm but you.
Sandra February 23, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Alrick the Fairfield patch has not allowed my comments through!!!!
Alrick H Man IV February 23, 2013 at 07:17 PM
were they mean and nasty?
Sandra February 23, 2013 at 08:11 PM
My comments are in PURGATORY "Pending Approval"
Sandra February 23, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Sorry I am trying to comment on "Why Women Matter" and ironically THIS woman is not being allowed to comment. So I will say it here. Feminist Robin Morgan said "I feel that man-hating is an honorable and viable political act." Also, "kill your fathers, not your mothers." Feminist Gloria Steinem said"housewives dependent creatures who are still children and parasites" Today's feminists like Sandra Fluke are making women feels like infants who need Big Daddy Government to take care of them. Any conservative women honored in this documentary?
Archie February 23, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Archie February 23, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Donald and Sandra REALLY should get together, a match made in Bigot-ville.
Sandra February 23, 2013 at 08:41 PM
R. Ludlowe February 23, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Excellent work by our governor.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 23, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I refuse to believe and accept the hypocrisy of a person who would seek to remove from private ownership those things they regularly depend upon for their safety. In simpler terms, when Malloy and others of his "station" need armed security to protect themselves against harm, why can't I do so as well, without restriction? Hypocrisy, indeed.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 23, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Alrick H Man IV February 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM
who are you Archie Bunker?
David Thornton February 24, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Alrick Mann is no different than most people in the sense that he does'nt want to have the government dictating and interpreting rights our founding Fathers had the wisdom to make clear for citizens of this nobile experiment.Joe Biden and our esteemed governor(lawyers both) could not hold a brief to any of the founders of our country.Legislation of shortsigthted,feel good ,political currency misses the target that the vast majority of mass murderers were mentally off the rails.Why does'nt the political machine attack the root problem.
R. Ludlowe February 24, 2013 at 01:45 AM
where is he saying you can't protect yourself?
Alrick H Man IV February 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Well said David America used to be refered to as "The land of the free" Now i would say "The land of the less free"
Boggs February 24, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Another gun lover (guess he just wanted to protect his family )............................ Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 8:03 pm By STEVE KOBAK Hour Staff Writer | 0 comments NORWALK -- A known gang member, collared by Norwalk Police in January on machine gun possession charges, is now facing a stiffer prison sentence after a federal grand jury indicted handed down a three-count indictment. Sentrell Bookhardt, a 26-year-old who goes by the street names "Scab" and "Loso," was indicted Thursday, and the indictment was made public Saturday. He is charged with possession of an unregistered machine gun, possession of a machine gun not identified by a serial number and unlawful possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Bookhardt, a known member of the MGs, a Norwalk street gang, was carrying a backpack and hanging out at the Monterey Village housing complex on Jan. 26, police said.
Truthseeker57 February 24, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Thanks for proving our point. Machine guns are strictly regulated (the most regulated type of firearm that I know of) by the ATF and this already convicted felon was able to get his hands on one. Maybe the government should spend more time keeping the guns out of the hands of a person like this instead of taking them from law abiding citizens.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Truthseeker57, Totally agree. In this rush to simply "do something", the anti-gunners are targeting the wrong crowd. Taking guns from criminals=good. Taking guns from law-abiding citizens=bad. The anti-gunners would have us believe the criminals and us are one and the same.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 24, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Ludlowe, If I have to explain it to you now, you simply haven't been listening.


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