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 yesterday said he intended to announce his own proposals because he's grown frustrated with the delays by the task force brought on 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.

Sal Gungy February 21, 2013 at 09:22 PM
When Denise Merrill says it's 100 to 1 against gun control, I have difficulty understanding Governor Malloy's logic when he implies that the people want more gun control laws. How does bypassing the task force accomplish anything more than the pursuit of one's personal agenda rather than the wishes of his constituents? He claims that leaders are "bailing out" of rallies. I don't blame the legislative leader he is questioning for "bailing out" of the anti-gun rally. That leader said: "I have since learned that the event is not what I thought it was and this group has a very specific agenda that was not represented to me. As a leader of a caucus and a co-chairman of the task force I feel it is inappropriate to attend any rally that is promoting a specific legislative agenda, which is why I have not participated in NRA rallyies. I am taking in as much information as is available to me and will be working with my colleagues to produce rational solutions." RATIONAL solutions. I would rather my elected officials (like Mr. Cafero) take their time to collect information on both sides of the issue rather than surround themselves with like-minded individuals bent on their own personal agendas -- individuals who have "had no contact with representatives of anti-gun control groups or weapons and ammunition manufacturers since the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14." That is not leadership; it's expanding previously failed legislation, which won't curb violence.
Rudy Hrubala February 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Malloy should be ashamed of himself for using the gun control debate as a way for him to polish his tarnished political star. Just like Obama who ignored his commission (Simpson-Bowles) Malloy has choosen to ignore his. He is a perfect example of what is wrong with our leaders today. Come election time I hope voters remember stunts like this and give him the boot!


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