Malloy On Connecticut Gun Control Talks: 'It's Not Working'

The governor says he's going to step in and propose his own measures. The move comes as Vice President Joe Biden is set to speak on gun control today in Danbury.


Angry at what he says is inaction by Connecticut's General Assembly on gun control, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced he intends to propose his own form of legislation on the issue.

Malloy is expected to announce his proposals this morning, before he meets in Danbury with Vice President Joe Biden for a symposium on the national issue of gun control, the Connecticut Mirror reports. 

Malloy on Wednesday unveiled his plan to circumvent his own task force on gun control during a meeting with editors and reporters of the Journal Inquirer of Manchester.

“It’s apparent to me that the legislature will not reach bipartisan consensus on this issue,” Malloy told the JI.  “I’m always being accused of trying to play this outsized role. I’ve held back. It’s not working, and I will very shortly be speaking on this issue on a fairly comprehensive basis.

Malloy formed his special Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety following the Dec. 14 shootings at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 young students and six women. The task force held hearings in recent weeks but Malloy told the JI the panel has become politically mired.

“They wanted to do this — have a big panel with 50 or 60 people on the panel, and wanted to do this on a bipartisan basis and get to the same point. I’m now looking at leaders bailing out on hearings or rallies and people coming to talk about their own personal pain instead of gun control at a gun control rally," he told the newspaper.

Marc February 21, 2013 at 02:28 PM
bottom line gov. malloy you don't go after the good guy to stop the bad guy you are trying to infringe on our God given rights not for our safety but to oppress the people. and you need the good citizens of the state disarmed to furthur your tyrannical plans.
Observor February 21, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Malloy's son was convicted of felony drug dealing and was thus barred by Connecticut law from possessing a firearm. He was then convicted of felony attempted armed robbery. Now Malloy says more gun laws will control crime.
David Cassenti February 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Unfortunately, I think that he needs to give the task forces, both the Legislative one AND the one HE set up HIMSELF, until they make their reports. Otherwise, why did he even set up the task force? Or, when they were told by Malloy to have recommendations by February 28th, why didn't he say THEN that it wasn't soon enough? Why wait until it is announced that the VP will be here before making this statement? Sounds like he is trying to get in with the D-party elite on a national level so he can ditch the state in 2014 when he gets voted OUT of office! That way, he can get a cushy, APPOINTED position where the voter's don't control his job!
kevin dalton February 22, 2013 at 02:50 PM
If criminals (with weapons) know that everyone is not armed..they are free to attack any and all with impunity. If they know that some are are armed they may/must hesitate. And if someone wants a firearm desperately...no matter what...they'll find a way to get one...maybe even make one. I'm not Solomon ...but if we could be guaranteed (fat chance) that everyone would not have a firearm and the government could be trusted...then I would still feel more comfortable if I was the only person with a firearm. Why...? someone might threaten me or mine with a baseball bat!!! Heaven help us.


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