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Gun Owners' Names, Addresses Could Become Public

A West Haven lawmaker has introduced a bill to make public the names of some 170,000 gun owners in Connecticut.

If you own a gun in this state your name and address could become public under a bill introduced in the General Assembly by State Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven.

Dargan filed the proposal in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 20 children and 6 women on Dec. 14. His proposal would overturn a law passed in Connecticut 20 years ago that keeps private the names and addresses of gun owners.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Dargan said he wants gun ownership information to fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act in part so that parents can know whether the parents of their child's friends have guns in their homes.

"Maybe their kids are going over to Johnny Smith's, and maybe they want to see whether they have guns in the house," he told the newspaper.

Dargan's proposal follows another bill that was filed recently that seeks to limit who can own gun ammunition in Connecticut and to keep such ammunition out of the hands of felons. Gun control issues are expected to dominate the General Assembly's winter session, which formally begins next week, in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Michael Westfall January 04, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Shouldn't a parent feel comfortable enough with who their kids are playing with to simply ask the parents?
Joann January 04, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Thats good just let all the criminals know which homes have guns so they know which ones to steal from, I bet home burglaries soar if this becomes law, and the most stolen item of 2013, legally owned and registered hand guns.
Voice of Reason January 05, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Who will really benefit from this proposed bill? -Those looking for their prior victim of domestic violence. -Those looking to settle a score with retired police officers. -Those looking for easy, unprotected, targets for home invasions, theft, rape etc. -Those looking for sources to steal guns and put them into the criminal environment. Great idea Representative Dargan!
Voice of Reason January 05, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Oh Mr. Dargan, perhaps you should consult with your counterparts in NY. "Politicians condemn New York newspaper that published gun owner map." "Rockland County legislator Frank Sparaco told a news conference, adding that it "has posed a serious threat to the residents of Rockland."" http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04/us-usa-guns-newspaper-idUSBRE9030Y820130104
Bob Hetzel January 05, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Amendment IV, Constitution of the United States: (1791) "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Roy Sanden January 05, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Again, law abiding citizens rights of privacy being infringed. Our Second amendment allows for lawful ownership and why are they, the lawful owners, being pointed at. In addition, to becoming suspected for no reason, the law will provide a path for criminals to someones front door. Not every record of legitimacy should be made public record.
Jon Crickmore January 05, 2013 at 11:31 PM
If Mr Dargan want's CT residents to know who has LEGAL firearms then he can propose a bill making CT an open carry state. How safe this country would be if elected officials spent half as much effort coming up with ways to stop criminals, put them behind bars and keep them there. The tragic loss of lives should not become open season on law abiding citizens. Dargan should be talking about opening back up the prisons he and his counterparts closed. More mental health care (I'm sure that's right up Dargans alley. Dems love handouts so handout mental health services like you handout EBT cards) Politicians love to use tragedy to push forward their agendas instead of addressing the REAL problems (Criminals)
jcassie January 06, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Well I say, lets print out our representatives names, addresses, home phone numbers, their work numbers, who thier kids are, what school they go to...where thier spouses work... why not, that way we all know where to go to talk to them about our displeasure in having law abiding citizens feel the heat of public scrutiny. I wish someone would take the time to investigate how many law abiding citizens, with proper liscensure, proper handgun/rifle handling classes have opened fire on others. I beg to say most crimes are done with stolen or black market weapons. This is a travesty.
jcassie January 06, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Amen Brother....!!!!!
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 02:26 AM
As Jon can attest,I'm in favor of changes to the gun laws,BUT, are you reading Jon? I'M AGAINST THIS IDEA!
Jon Crickmore January 06, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Yes Mr Bond i know you favor changes to gun laws. That's what makes this country great. We all have the freedom to voice our opinions. I don't have to like your point of views but i do respect them. You are as free as I am and we are ALL entitled to our own thoughts, feelings, and opinions. I don't oppose others based on my beliefs i oppose those who try to make points using less then factual information. If strict guns laws was the answer to saving lives i would be all for some changes. The facts don't show gun laws will stop the killings and violence. Lets try to stay focused. Scum bags kill people. Scum bags don't obey the rules so changing them will only hurt law abiding citizens. I again point to the gun laws in Chicago. Do they work ??
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Jon, What bothers me the most is some posters add links to support their views,which is O.K. Then they say that my remarks are only opinion.Implying that because they can link me to articles that support them means they are correct. What they don't understand is that all laws begin as opinions,public opinion.Even the creators of the Constitution began with ideas/opinions, that they hashed out.ALL laws are merely that,opinions that become majority thought thus laws.Perfect? Show me perfect please.When attitudes change so do the laws they reflect.I believe that attitudes towards guns,their useage and the new technology that accompanies them are too much.The 2nd Admendment,and all the other Admendments, were written based on the public opinion of the times.Those times have changed and so have many of the attitudes from that period.I have never posted the abolition of guns,only some of the technology that,I believe,have made them too dangerous to be for public consumption.
Joel Waldron January 06, 2013 at 04:53 PM
That assumes the parents would tell the truth...
Joel Waldron January 06, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I think that we have to accept that there will be a flood of new laws being proposed - some good, others not so good, as we try to flesh this out. As the process moves forward, the not so good ones will tend to be tossed out. It's the way our system works. Personally, I think this one is a mistake.
Jon Crickmore January 07, 2013 at 10:58 AM
We all know what happens when the government gets involved. The government cant track the assault rifles they gave to the drug cartels in fast and furious. and now they have the answers ??

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