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 Governor 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 1st-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?

Bruce H. March 01, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I agree with Mr. Fasula, these are two separate issues. There are already laws in Connecticut about being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while carrying a firearm. Keep the two issues separate and then charge the offender with two counts of breaking the law if they are carrying a firearm while driving under the influence. I also disagree with any law that is retroactive since it's like changing the rules after the game has been played and ended.
Lori Fogler Nicholson March 01, 2013 at 01:51 PM
This is very poor policy and confuses the issue at hand. Not to mention the Governors penchant for disregarding the legislature, and his own task force. Seperation of powers... and this is not the first time Gov. Malloy has stepped out of his own jurisdiction. Not that its even relevant, but how many people arrested for DUI have applied for gun permits in the past? Apples and oranges, and out of line in my book.
Ernie D March 01, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I want him to add extra punishments for those people who drive while intoxicated and own a hammer. It makes about the same sense.
David Ocame March 01, 2013 at 10:40 PM
You are incorrect. It is completely within his office for the Governor to propose legislation. It is up to the state legislature to vote on it and pass it, or not.
Lori Fogler Nicholson March 02, 2013 at 06:10 PM
No you are incorrect he proposes the budget with OFA and OPM, the legislature votes it up or down. I worked there for two years and can tell you his job is CEO not lawmaker.


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