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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. His proposal 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.

JS188 January 04, 2013 at 04:11 PM
This is a bad idea. It not only lets criminals know where they can find firearms but also allows them to know where they won't. The biggest issue right now is people illegally accessing firearms who are neither permitted or trained. As a society we should not be aiding criminals by identifying locations where they can find items that they desire, nor should we be identifying homes, families, addresses where criminals know they will have little-no resistance. Just a bad idea all the way around. This battle should be focusing on securing firearms within the home, and enforcing laws already in existance, the two key areas that are currently failing.
Observor January 04, 2013 at 04:12 PM
"Maybe their kids are going over to Johnny Smith's, and maybe they want to see whether they have guns in the house" Or maybe somebody who can't buy a gun legally and needs one to commit some crimes will want to see if the Smiths have guns so that he can break in and steal them. If Dargan thinks any law-abiding gun owner is going to be intimidated by this he is even dumber than he looks.
A Killingworth Resident January 04, 2013 at 04:31 PM
I'm all for coming up with ideas on how to stop horrible things like what happened at Sandy hook from happening again, but I fail to see how this would actually do that. The only thing I can see is that it is going to publically humiliate a lot of good people who have no intention of doing horrible things like that. The Patch just reported there was a home invasion in Colchester so even though we need to do something about assault weapons we still have a legitimate need to have a gun to protect ourselves. When my husband is out of town and I'm alone it is reassuring I can still defend myself, but that doesn't mean I'm looking forward to defending myself either. I find it personally offensive that Mr. Durgan wants to release my name and address for any rapist to look up and I simply can't believe this is what President Omama means when he said he wanted reasonable solutions to the problem of gun violence. Perhaps Mr. Durgan should start listening to our president like the rest of us are doing.
Chris Walsh January 04, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I have a Mossberg 500 tactical 12 gauge, an Ithaca 900 12 gauge autoloader, a Browning double mode 9mm and a Smith&Wesson .357 w/3in barrel and I am picking up the Kel Tec 9mm carbine this week. The house is alarmed and guns are in a safe when we are not home. When we are in, they are loaded and chambered and easily accessible to my wife and I who are both trained and proficient in their use (she hates the shotguns, though) There...now you know.
Chris Walsh January 04, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Additionally, all of my weapons were obtained legally and none of them have ever been used in the commission of a crime.. I have no issue with anyone knowing that I own firearms but I will NOT submit to my government putting me on a list like I were some sort of sex offender. We are heading into very dangerous waters in this country and the danger does not come from law-abiding gun owners.
Ex-Democrat January 04, 2013 at 06:46 PM
True story. A man i know in florida had his house broken into and had his guns stolen. When the cops tracked the robbers down it turned out to be a couple young gang members who lived in the neighborhood. When the cops investigated it more it turned out the son of the girlfriend the man was dating wanted to be a member of the gang and he told the gang about his guns to impress them and let him in the gang. Thanks to characters like dargan the middleman of the girlfriends son will now be taken out of the picture. Any criminal wanting to steal a weapon now just needs to look up where they are on dargans list of free guns and then wait until the people down the street arent home. Can someone please tell me why the democrats have become so anti self defense that they have now started to become pro crime?
Terry D January 05, 2013 at 01:06 PM
This is such a horrible idea. How does this prevent another horrible incident, it does not! What about the people who have their address kept confidential due to i.e. domestic violence, undercover work etc. now you are going to expose them, for what? Will parents stop sending their kids to school because there are x amount of gun owners in the area. This representative needs to look at the whole picture and not a knee jerk reaction. If my kids are sleeping over at a friends house and I am not comfortable asking if they have guns , that is a crock. I do not own a gun but am still against this.
Priscilla Hoover January 05, 2013 at 01:50 PM
If Johnny's parents are worried about having him go to a friends house that may have guns, then they should pick up the phone and call them and ask! If you are willing to send your child to a home to play you usually know the parents well enough to trust them with your child!
DGC3 January 05, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Just because you have a permit does not mean you have guns. Just because you have guns does not mean you have a permit (especially if they never leave your house). Many guns (assault rifles, shotguns, rifles, muzzles loaders) do not require permits. So just what does this suggestion hope to accomplish? Might deter some criminals from breaking into houses with permits because there is an increased chance of resistance?
Semi Happy Resident January 05, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I agree with everyone here. Listing where the legal guns are is one of the worse ideas I have ever heard of. As already stated now the crooks know where to get a free gun after they look it up on Dargan's Shopping List and go pick one out. Then they get to go to a house that's not on the list to use the gun there as they rob it. My parents had their house broken into many years ago and had their guns stolen along with other items. Turned out my brother tracked down the person and it was a friend of his that my parents actually had over for dinner on more than one occasion. The 'friend' had a double life going on. The one he presented as straight to his parents and the second one where he robbed to support his drug habit. He even stole from his own parents to keep suspicion away from him and his drug friend. He ended up being arrested and went to jail. My mother visited him at the police station asking him why he did this to them but all he could do is hang his head and say nothing. If this proposal goes into effect then all its going to create is a higher crime rate as the crooks try to obtain the guns from the people on the list. Just what I would want at my house - minding my own business with guns locked up but put my name on a shopping list for crooks and now the guns need to be more accesable in case of a break in. Sounds like an increase in shooting incidents to me!
Semi Happy Resident January 05, 2013 at 03:02 PM
You are so right on this! Ask the parents about any guns they may have and if they are locked up when the kids are home. If you don't like the answer, then your child stays home. If I had guns at my house I would not be offended by another parent asking about how I keep the weapons secure. If for some reason the parent gets offended by your questions then keep your child home because they probably aren't consistant in keeping the guns secure at their place and the last thing you need is your child playing with a loaded gun at a friend's house.
Lakehouse Guy January 05, 2013 at 10:06 PM
A god-swful proposal. A tragedy like Newtown will always create a need to do something and here anything that sounds like it is anti gun will get a hearing. But this proposal is so idiotic,that I am reasonably confident it will not pass. The only thing it could accomplish is to try to embarrass gun owners as somehow bad people. But it should be self evident even to stridently anti gun people that in their zeal they will create a road map for truly bad people to acquire guns at the addresses provided, thereby increasing the number of guns in the wrong hands and, at the same time inviting break ins at the home of the listed owners. Hard to think of a more inappropriate proposal to address the Newtown tragedy.
Edward Munster January 05, 2013 at 10:53 PM
State Representative Stephen Dargan of West Haven need to be identified to the voters of his town as a legislator with bad judgement. Voters have notoriously short memories which may work to Dargan's benefit. Hopefully, though, he will be removed from office by his constituents in November 2014.
Robert Casale January 06, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Public ?? What happened to the right to bare arms??
Jay Heavens January 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Robert - you would still be allowed to wear short sleeved shirts.
Graig Judge January 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Why not have a state referendum on this issue, let every registered voter cast a ballot? Everyone is suppose to register their cars and have drivers licenses, why not with guns. Personally I do not own any, I am not that afraid of the world.
Ronald Bangs January 06, 2013 at 05:27 PM
That is a very very bad think to do if the information is put online all the criminals as to do is look and that go to that address an take it. People you have to remember that guns DO NOT KILL it is the person operating the gun that does the killing. I am a gun owner had my own gun since I was 8 years I am 60 now and my guns have not kill anyone.
MikeRofKW January 06, 2013 at 07:50 PM
The next step after registering guns is taxing them.
George Hedrick January 09, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Here's a novel idea. Why not make a list public of people whom have committed a crime using or posessing an illegal firearm? I would think that a person hell bent on criminal activity would be more prone to target the homes not on the list.
Rand January 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Excellent comment. I live in Ridgefield, Ct. and have a total of three rifles and 4 handguns, all locked up and secure. I am a licenced carry holder and have never committed any crime. Feel free to publish my name and address, Mr. Dargan; if I am threatened by an intruder, and my life or my family is in danger, then I will shoot to kill. But, I imagine that if you publish my name and address, criminals would rather take another route and attack my unarmed neighbor.

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