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 the state, establishing universal background checks for gun purchases, improving gun storage safety measures, strengthening assault weapons bans 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.

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.

Tim Smith February 21, 2013 at 06:19 PM
As a gun owner and Pro-2A supporter, here are my opinions regarding the Governor' proposed Legislation: Part 1: Background checks - Remove the words "and ammunition" from the 4th part and I agree with the Governor. Part 2: Ban Large Capacity Magazines - Completely oppose, it will have no affect on reducing crime or violence. Part 3: Strengthen AWB - Completely oppose, the items listed are completely cosmetic feature ONLY and are not "military features". Part 4: Gun Storage - I agree with the Governor's proposal. Part 5: Improve Enforcement of Existing Laws - I agree with the Governor's proposal. See, based on my example as a responsible gun owner, I "mostly" agree with 60% of what the Goveror is proposing. Why can't those that oppose guns and think that they should be banned or restricted comprimise and agree to as much??
MrsSmithWatchingWashington February 21, 2013 at 06:37 PM
And he said nothing addressing the main issue: how to keep the mentally impaired away from guns.
Marc February 21, 2013 at 07:19 PM
2nd amendment: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. the best storage location for my gun is on my person at all times so that way its not out of my sight and there for any such emergencies we are the good citizens of this free county and to stop tyrants from abusing the people we must defend ourselves and our neighbors from criminals even those in a postion of authority they to not have the right to treat the law abiding citizens as criminals. The police and the authorities can simply say no they will not comply with unconstitutional orders. they swore and oath to support and defend the constitution and to serve the people and that is their job. do not turn the county into war zone by criminalizing its citizens.
Observor February 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Doesn't Nancy Wyman look serious??? She is so concerned about children now, apparently forgetting her effort in the legislature to slash special ed funding for towns that were represented in the General Assembly by Republicans. It was funny when she got caught.
John Felciano February 22, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Nothing like throwing the special bi partisan committee that HE formed under the bus when HE didn't like the direction things were going. Seems only Daniel knows whats right for the state and it's citizens. Also wants to confiscate ALL magazines over 10 rounds, and make it a crime to not report to authorities if I see someone who is not in compliance with HIS new form of gun control. Could we PLEASE just enforce the laws that are currently on the books rather than making up a whole lot of new ones.


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