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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?

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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