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Proposal Would Take Guns From Residents With DUI Convictions

The change is one of many outlined by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

If you've been convicted of a DWI or DUI in the past five years, then Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doesn't think you should own a firearm.

Under Malloy's recently released gun law proposals, one provision would prohibit anyone convicted of either offense from purchasing a firearm. The law would also be applied retroactively, meaning residents convicted of DWI or DUI in the past five years would no longer be permitted to own a firearm, according to an article by CT News Junkie.

The governor's proposal is keeping in line with the state's current gun law, which makes it illegal for convicted felons to possess a firearm, Michael Lawlor, Malloy's criminal justice advisor, tells CT News Junkie. It would not impact law-abiding gun owners, Lawlor said.

Lawmakers are already finding themselves on both sides of this one. The CT News Junkie article quotes two legislators — a Democrat and a Republican — who, respectively, are for and against it.

Malloy's proposal comes as the gun violence subcommittee of the state's Bi-Partisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and School Security prepares to release its recommendations for legislative and policy change. The Task Force was formed in the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the life of 20 first graders and six educators.

Meanwhile, gun law proposals are being debated at the federal level, too. President Barack Obama, who visited Newtown just days after the school shooting, has called on Congress to re-enact and strengthen an assault rifle ban, among other measures — sparking a national debate on the Second Amendment.

Do you agree with Malloy's proposal?

Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:11 PM
"Is a DUI in Connecticut a misdemeanor or felony charge? In Connecticut, a DUI is usually a misdemeanor crime. However, if you have one prior DUI convictions in the past 10 years the second or greater DUI conviction is a felony offense." http://www.ruaneattorneys.com/dui/faq-dui-questions.php http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/rpt/2011-R-0319.htm Dear Gov. Malloy, Felons aren't allowed to posses guns anyway. DUH! So, if you are going after gun owner's with misdemeanor arrests, I would hope you include the following misdemeanor offenses in your proposal as well: CLASS A MISDEMEANORS ● Attempt or conspiracy to commit any class A misdemeanor 53a-51 ● Criminally negligent homicide 53a-58 ● Assault in the third degree (m. m. 1 year if deadly weapon) 53a-61 ● Assault of an elderly, blind, disabled, pregnant, or mentally retarded person in the third degree (m. m. 1 year) 53a-61a ● Threatening 53a-62 ● Reckless endangerment in the first degree 53a-63 ● Sexual assault in the fourth degree 53a-73a ● Prostitution 53a-82 ● Patronizing a prostitute 53a-83 ● Patronizing a prostitute from a motor vehicle 53a-83a ● Permitting prostitution 53a-89 ● Unlawful restraint in the second degree 53a-96 ● Custodial interference in the second degree 53a-98 ● Manufacturing or possession of burglar's tools 53a-106
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:12 PM
CLASS A MISDEMEANORS (Continued) ● Criminal trespass in the first degree 53a-107 ● Criminal mischief in the second degree 53a-116 ● Criminal damage to landlord's property in second degree 53a-117f ● Damage to railroad property in second degree 53a-117l ● Using a motor vehicle without the owner's permission or interfering or ● tampering with a motor vehicle, first offense 53a-119b ● Larceny in the fourth degree 53a-125 ● Criminal trover in second degree 53a-126b ● Diversion from state of benefit of labor of employees 53a-127 ● Unlawful entry into coin machine, possession of key to enter 53a-127a ● Possession of a shoplifting device 53a-127f ● Issuing a bad check of between $501 and $1,000 53a-128 ● Certain credit card crimes 53a-128i(a) ● Misapplication of property 53a-129 ● Unlawfully concealing a will 53a-131 ● False entry by officer or agent of public community 53a-132 ● Criminal simulation 53a-141 ● Forgery of symbols 53a-142 ● False statement in the second degree 53a-157b ● Disclosure of bid or proposal 53a-161b
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM
CLASS A MISDEMEANORS (Continued) ● Soliciting or accepting benefit for rigging 53a-163 ● Participating in a rigged contest 53a-164 ● Interfering with an officer 53a-167a ● Failure to assist a peace officer or fireman 53a-167b ● Escape from custody for other than felony 53a-171(b) ● Aiding escape from hospital or sanitarium 53a-171a ● Failure to appear in the second degree 53a-173 ● Conveying unauthorized letters into correctional or humane institution or to ● inmate outside institution or using false name to enter institution 53a-174 ● Riot in the first degree 53a-175 ● Falsely reporting an incident in the second degree 53a-180c ● Inciting to riot 53a-178 ● Breach of peace involving false bomb 53a-181 ● Stalking in the second degree 53a-181d ● Intimidation based on bigotry or bias in the third degree 53a-181l ● Tampering with private communications 53a-188 ● Coercion when the threat is to commit other than a felony 53a-192 ● [Disseminating indecent books 53a-197] ● Criminal possession of body armor 53a-217d ● Negligent hunting in the second degree 53a-217e
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM
CLASS A MISDEMEANORS (Continued) ● Interference with a memorial plaque 53a-220 ● Unlawful purchase, possession or sale of a memorial plaque 53a-221 ● Violation of conditions of release 53a-222 ● Criminal violation of a protective order 53a-223 ● Computer crime in the fourth degree 53a-255 ● Money laundering in the fourth degree 53a-279 ● Vendor fraud in the fourth degree 53a-294 ● Leaving a child under 12 unsupervised 53-21a(a) ● Deprivation of equal rights by force or threat 53-37b ● Illegal transfer, sale, or use of records, tapes, or discs 53-142b ● Manufacture records, tapes or discs without I. D. marks 53-142c ● Destruction, delay, or opening private messenger letters 53-142j ● Possession of assault weapon, first offense and prior lawful possession 53-202c ● Concealment of delivery 53-237a ● Misuse or mutilation of flag 53-258a ● Professional gambling 53-278b ● Manufacture, sale, or possession of gambling device 53-278c ● Transmitting gambling information 53-278d ● Maintaining a gambling premises 53-278e ● Ticket scalping, second offense 53-289
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM
CLASS A MISDEMEANORS (Continued) ● Computer crimes recklessly causing over $2,500 damage 53-451 ● Abuse of elderly, blind, disabled, or retarded person in the third degree 53a-323 CLASS B MISDEMEANORS ● Attempt or conspiracy to commit any class B misdemeanor 53a-51 ● Reckless endangerment in the second degree 53a-64 ● Criminal trespass in the second degree 53a-108 ● Criminal mischief in the third degree 53a-117 ● Criminal damage to landlord's property in third degree 53a-117g ● Damage to railroad property in the third degree 53a-117m ● Larceny in the fifth degree 53a-125a ● Cheating while gambling 53a-127d ● Issuing a bad check of between $251 and $500 53a-128 ● Criminal impersonation 53a-130 ● Forgery in the third degree 53a-140 ● Unlawfully using slugs in the first degree 53a-144 ● Riot in the second degree 53a-176 ● Unlawful assembly 53a-177 ● Breach of peace 53a-181 ● Stalking in the third degree 53a-181e ● Public indecency 53a-186
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
CLASS B MISDEMEANORS (Continued) ● Obscenity 53a-194 ● Negligent hunting in the third degree 53a-217e ● Computer crime in the fifth degree 53a-256 ● Vendor fraud in the fifth degree 53a-295 ● Sale or carrying of facsimile firearms 53-206c ● Carrying firearm while under influence of liquor or drug 53-206d ● Gambling 53-278b ● Making, printing, or possessing gambling records 53-278c ● Selling Police Badges 53-341a ● Illegal sale of body armor 53-341b ● Unlawful preparation of academic assignments 53-392e ● Computer crimes 53-451
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
CLASS C MISDEMEANORS ● Attempt or conspiracy to commit any class C misdemeanor 53a-51 ● Criminal trespass in the third degree 53a-109 ● Criminal mischief in the fourth degree 53a-117a ● Larceny in the sixth degree 53a-125b ● Fraudulent use of automatic teller machine 53a-127b ● Issuing a bad check of $250 or less 53a-128 ● Unlawfully using slugs in the second degree 53a-145 ● Disorderly conduct 53a-182 CLASS C MISDEMEANORS (Continued) ● Obstructing free passage 53a-182a ● Harassment in the second degree 53a-183 ● Obstructing the lawful taking of wildlife 53a-183a ● Loitering in or about school grounds 53a-185 ● Drinking while operating a motor vehicle 53a-213 ● Criminal lockout 53a-214 ● Negligent hunting in the fourth degree 53a-217e ● Vendor fraud in the sixth degree 53a-296 ● Altering manufacturer's serial number 53-132a ● Ticket scalping, first offense 53-289 ● Crimes subject to the persistent dangerous felony offender provision.
Fairfield Old Timer February 28, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Why single out just DWI/DUI misdemeanors Gov.?
Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Fairfield Old Timer, WOW! Bravo, bravo! What a great resource! Thank you for taking the time to illuminate this. Of course, as has been mentioned elsewhere, all this means is Malloy's son, (the pot-smoker), will not be allowed to ever have a legal gun for protection should he ever need one. Shame, that.
Alrick H Man IV February 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
what is exactly is Unlawfully using slugs in the first degree 53a-144 would that be refering to garden slugs?
Jim February 28, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Politicians are kicking the wrong beehvie. Youre going to put whoever is in charge of collecting these guns lives in danger. Many lives will be lost trying to collect guns and you will push sane people to the point of violence. Police in some states have already said they will not collect guns from their citizens. Arent their bigger issues like jobs we should be talking about? The govenor should be focusing on out on contol spending, abusive town pensions, jobs and jobs. The gun issue to take our minds off real issues - leave it alone. We dont need senseless violence.
R. Ludlowe February 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I agree, FOT. If you commit a misdemeanor you should not be able to register a firearm, or should surrender the ones you have. You've broken the social contract, and you are deemed unsafe. Earn 'em back through community service and re-education.
R. Ludlowe February 28, 2013 at 08:47 PM
all except this one. It sounds cool: - Forgery of symbols
KEVIN DILLON February 28, 2013 at 08:59 PM
From what I can determine, DUI is a misdemeanor, not a felony, so I'm not sure how he can prohibit someone convicted of a DUI from buying a gun. Maybe Malloy, who hopefully has only two years left, should be spending his remaining time on reducing the state deficits and spending than trying to figure out how to work around the 2nd Amendment, and that is what this is. Another lib trying to circumvent the right to bear arms. And to make this even worse, he wants to do it retroactively. He raised taxes retroactively. He likes to go into the past to make changes. I'd like to go back to 2010 and correct his election mistake.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Jim, And there it is. Molon Labe, indeed. Being punished for a misdemeanor committed 5 years ago and losing your right to legally own a firearm is going to go over like speaking in tongues at a fundamentalist church. This will be impossible to implement and dangerous to pursue.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 28, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Kevin, Malloy's son is disqualified then, from owning a legal firearm. Oh, the irony.
DM March 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
But yet 45 days after convicted of DUI you can get your license back if a 1st time offender!? How backward is this??? A person who has proved to be a menace on the streets can do so again after that period endangering everyone. There are many more car accidents than shootings.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 01, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Malloy should just try to pass a gun law that says you cannot ever, ever have a legal gun in CT if you voted Democrat, since in doing so you have shown yourself to be completely irresponsible, reckless, self-centered, and suffering from an entitlement complex. No, I'm not kidding. To vote for the social-engineering projects and fiscal rampages of the Democrat party shows a great lack of common sense, self-worth, accountability, discipline, and responsibility. Those are traits any legal gun owner needs to have.
Jim March 01, 2013 at 02:42 PM
How about you lose your welfare check and your free house as well
Jim March 01, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I dotn feel safe with all those steak knives in people houses!!!
Jason Silver March 01, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I predict that Malloy will get a Cabinet position in two years as a reward from Obama for speeding up the gun control legislation in CT. After all, we had a bi-partisan committee set up to make reccomendations to the Governor....but the next thing you know, Biden is in town to stir up support and Malloy suddenly releases his own recommendations. Looks like there is pressure from the White House to take advantage of the moment and not wait too long on passing new gun laws. People have short attention spans, you know.
Alrick H Man IV March 01, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Heck forget about steak knives I'm really concerned about all those soccar balls and baseball bats. I'm sure i don't have to explain what a danger they can be as well in the hands of someone who got a DUI
Donald Borsch Jr. March 01, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Here's what Malloy might want to do. Maryland's gun-control legislation that should make any sensible American worried. http://wr2a.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/maryland-looking-to-pass-draconian-gun-control-legislation-scary-indeed/
Donald Borsch Jr. March 01, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Jim, Oh, Jim, don't be worried. You're a human. Now, if you were a ribeye steak, or a Porterhouse, you might want to be concerned...ha!
Bill C March 03, 2013 at 04:18 AM
I don't think that works any more but in the OLD days, kids used the knock outs from electrical boxes in soda and candy machines. Or at least that is what I heard. Coin devices were simplistic in the early 60s and you could get something for a nickle. Does any one remember when on the original America's Most Wanted, one of the biggest most wanted criminals in the country was a guy removing change from pay phones? I wonder how much that episode cost the phone company?
Bill C March 03, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Wasnt he behind untill they found that bag of ballots in the parking lot? Wouldnt going back 5 years make it an Ex Post Facto law?

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