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 two months ago in the wake of the Newtown shooting where 26 children and educators were killed.

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.

Cynthia Kozaczensky February 21, 2013 at 06:10 PM
So he bypasses his own task force, just as Obama ignored his jobs council. Unwilling to let facts get in the way he will govern us through emotion and the old "never let a crisis go to waste" route. Unfortunately not surprisingly
Peter Volkmar February 21, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Of all the gun debate talk from our politicians, I have not heard very much talk of actually fightiing crime and criminals. These so called leaders expect to strip away the liberties of the law abiding in the guise of combating gun violence, Why not combat plain old violence? Adam Llanza became acriminal that morning he shot his mother, he added to his criminal resume when he drove her car and took her guns, and shot children and staff at that school. Treat crime by arresting criminals, trying them in court and punishing them accordingly.
Jen F February 21, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Agreed Peter... Criminal Control, more cops... Not Gun Control
REVMAN February 21, 2013 at 07:43 PM
You right Cynthia something is wrong with ALL our politicians they get elected then do what THEY want.I voted for him once9And I'm sorry) but never again.
Justin February 21, 2013 at 09:21 PM
"letting this critical moment in history pass us by," really means "letting this tragedy get waisted"
Carl Bourne February 21, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Our Governor establishes a task force to listen to all sides, then ignores it because it takes to long..or does not meet his agenda.....which seems to be the norm in today's politics. It seems, we the people, are totally left out of any decision making process that our so called leaders are better at thinking for us.......it appears we are drones and we better wake up.
jane February 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM
First, Obama's newly created task force accomplished what it set out to do. Disbanding the group of CEO's that met a few times harmed what or who? Thank Goodness the Gov decided to just do something. It seems like when you get a group of 5 or more politicians together these days you can be sure of one thing - NOTHING will get done. I'm going to love to read all the crazy comments on this article. At least I know there will be a couple of 'middle of the road' comments so I can be sure that Montville still has a couple of sane people.
jane February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Carl - if you voted last Novemeber than you can't claim you have been left out of the process. If you didn't vote then you removed yourself from the 'process'.
Michael Harris February 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Amazing that politicians seem to feel that their constituents need to be treated like infantile children. Pete has it correct, instead of holding criminals accountable and enforcing existing laws, politicians play on emotion to gain more control over our lives, thereby lessening our liberty. The government cannot legislate good behavior nor can it regulate people to play nice.
Carl Bourne February 22, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Jane, I have voted in every election to include my years deployed overseas with the military and as a Police Adviser. And it has become apparent when you leave the country for any length of time and come back you see the changes in that our government keeps getting bigger and thinks it knows best. We have mostly career politicians who only care about staying in office, and don't really care, having that father knows best attitude towards us. We also have many laws that are not enforced especially at the national and state level, we used to be a nation of laws, we now violate or don't enforce these laws. It sets a great example... Oh yes I should mention that Police cannot protect you they are reactive. We are slowly going the way of Europe.
Toni Johnson February 23, 2013 at 05:12 AM
It sickens me that politicians are using this tragedy to capitalize on their political agenda. Everyday children are being affected by poverty and homelessness and going to sleep hungry. But all I hear about is making sure that criminals can't get guns legally. I am pretty sure most murders are not worried about being prosecuted for using an illegally obtained weapon to committ murder. This was about mental illness.
jane February 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Since Adam Lanza had committed no crimes before this event what were the police going to prevent? Had there been stricter guns laws maybe Adam Lanza, today, would still not have a criminal record.
jane February 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Employed overseas as a police adviser? So you are part of our over size government. Since you have voted in every election then you cannot say you have not been included in the process. Going the way of Europe? Do they have more gun crime than us?
Frank Vara February 23, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Jane, People will find a way to do evil. Punishing law abiding citizens is the wrong approach. Enforce the existing laws, go after the real causes; mental health, culture of violence, and bad parenting. The gun is just a tool. The 2nd Amendment is a Natural Right and no elected official can take that away. I will not follow an Unconstitutional decree based on emotional reactions. Gun Control is not about guns...it is about Control.


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