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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.

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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