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.


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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.

Leesan Villa February 22, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I believe we need to follow the leadership of VP Biden. We all need to purchase a double barrel shotgun to shoot into the air whenever we get scared. That will keep us all safe while making every American a gun owner!
Arbie February 22, 2013 at 04:13 PM
A lot of hot air and political BS. Not one word mentioned about mental health and the State's closing of the mental hospitals. Oh gee now we have a 19 year old mother of 2 from East Haven who is showing sever signs of mental health issues wanting to mass kill. What is the best the Feds and State come up with ? Criminal charges. What about commitment to a mental health hospital? Oh that's right we closed most except for Middletown....
bball fan February 22, 2013 at 04:39 PM
What a joke of a Governor. Following the lead of another self appointed "do what I want politician". At some point will one of these guys find out a way to actually penalize those who DON'T follow the rules. The law abiding, tax paying, self respecting, legal citizens of the USA continue to be the ones who take the brunt of shove it down your throat political bullies. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. And pretty soon, the only ones with guns will be the criminals.
Bill Keane February 22, 2013 at 11:52 PM
I am not a lawyer, so I would hope a responsible journalist might investigate the Governor's proposals relative to the actual crime taking place in Newtown, or relative to the gun-related gang violence killing children every day in Chicago. Are the new laws being suggested specifically relevant to the crime that ignited the action?
Arbie February 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Unfortunately the recent incidents only added fuel to the long time anti-gun agenda that was simmering in this country. It is very disappointing that this agenda is being shoved down our throats on the backs of innocent victims.


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