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.

The proposed legislation 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.

Thomas January 04, 2013 at 10:56 PM
So again the lawfull citizens get treated as though they are the criminals just because we don't know who the crazies are. I think this guy should be entitled to a nice civil suit for invasion of privacy. Democrats should really think about where they are trying to go with this. I feel a tremor from below and the people who believe in the Constitution/Bill of Rights are going to come a calling. All your doing is causing more interest in getting the right people in office, those that actually listen to their constituents, not the hords on welfare and public assistance.
Toni Johnson January 05, 2013 at 07:25 PM
At least 5 of my friends have guns in their homes. Three are police officers. I get to know my kids friends and I ask how weapons are secured in their homes. This disclosure would not have saved those children. He was not a legal gun owner. Another waste of time. Ridiculous.
Howard January 06, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Connecticut Representative Dargan’s excuse for his proposal to release firearms permit holder’s personal data is that he does not want parents to have to ask the parents of their children’s friends if there are guns in the house and how they are stored. That is typical “Nanny State” thinking and a “smoke screen” for his real reasons for the proposal. I sincerely hope that parents would know their neighbors before allowing their child to visit let alone stay overnight. Asking is neither hard nor forbidden. Ensuring a safe environment for their child is one of a parent’s prime responsibilities. Removing that responsibility from the parents is the “smoke screen” in addition to furthering the “Nanny State”. The real reason for Dargan’s proposal is twofold. First, he wants to intimidate law-abiding citizens. Second, he wants criminals to conduct more home invasions. The timid criminals will go for the homes they could identify as defenseless. The bolder criminals would go for the guns. He also seems to want vengeful criminals to know exactly where police officers and judges live so they can exact their revenge with arson and/or murder. Eventually, someone is going to die as a result of the Journal News blatant comprise of the security of permit holders in New York and Connecticut. Mr. Dragan seems to desire the same in Connecticut with his crime and murder enabling legislation.
REVMAN January 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Howard--I fully agree and can't for the life of me see why these politicians can't. Did Connecticut vote only idiots into office??? It sure looks like it to me,or do they speak before putting thier mind in gear?Something is really wrong with them and I hope they never own guns.
REVMAN February 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM
If he publishes the names and addresses of gun owners someone will publish his home address and phone number,on twitter and facebook.


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