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.

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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