Posts tagged ‘guns’

December 31st, 2013

Town Lawmakers Push for Delay in Gun Registry

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Christine Stuart | CT NewsJunkie

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Line outside State Police HQ in Middletown

Several Republican lawmakers including Wolcott State Rep. Rob Sampson and 16th District Senator Joe Markley for extending the Tuesday deadline to register assault weapons in response to long lines of gun owners waiting at state police locations to comply with new firearm regulations.The long lines have been caused by a deadline set in April when the state adopted new gun control restrictions after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The statute expanded the number of guns prohibited under Connecticut’s assault weapons ban. It gave gun owners who bought the banned guns before the change until Jan. 1 to register to keep the weapons.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that about 25,000 Connecticut residents had registered assault weapons as of Dec. 25.

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April 2nd, 2013

Strongest Gun Control Bill in Nation Set For Vote Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

Christine Stuart photoBy Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie

When rank-and-file lawmakers emerged from closed-door meetings at the Capitol on Monday, many weren’t entirely happy with the post-Newtown gun control legislation package they’d hammered out.

That’s the nature of a bipartisan bill — no one ever gets everything they want.

But one thing is certain — those same rank-and-file lawmakers said their proposal was the “most comprehensive” package of gun control legislation in the country.

“In Connecticut, we’ve broken the mold,” Sen. President Donald Williams said Monday at a press conference. “We just put together Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan process on one of the most divisive issues in the United States.”

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, said some lawmakers were still making up their minds on the bill, but there was “no doubt” the legislation would pass both chambers on Wednesday. McKinney said there was strong support among Senate Republicans.

“I think we may be around 50 percent of our caucus,” he said.

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February 20th, 2013

Esty Hosts Gun Violence Forum Tonight

by Christopher O'Brien

Newly elected US Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on gun violence tonight at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury at 7:00 pm. The school is at 380 Pierpont Rd., not far from the Wolcott town line. There is no RSVP required and anyone in the public is welcome to attend. Please note that no large bags or backpacks  will be permitted into the building.

Esty will discuss the policy principles announced by the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, answer questions, and listen to residents’ ideas on the proposals. Esty serves as one of twelve vice-chairmen on the Tast Force. Its recomendations can be viewed HERE.

February 8th, 2013

Handgun Permitting Process Debated by Police Chiefs

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News Junkie

If you’ve never had your handgun or pistol permit denied by your local police chief, you probably aren’t aware of the state Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.

In Connecticut, obtaining a permit to carry a handgun is a two-step process. First, you must apply with your local police chief or resident state trooper. The application process includes fingerprinting, a background check, and a questionnaire. The local police chief or resident state trooper has eight weeks to either approve or deny the application.

If the application is denied, then the individual can appeal to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.

But local police chiefs have recently expressed reservations about…

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January 25th, 2013

Public Input Invited on School & Gun Safety Task Force

by Christopher O'Brien

The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun safety will hold a hearing 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The hearing on mental health issues will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Both will be held in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

Have something to add to the discussions before the task force on gun safety, mental health, or school safety? Send your testimony here. And here are general instructions on how to submit testimony for a public hearing.

January 25th, 2013

Is School Safety A Cop in Every School?

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid | CT NewsJunkie

Putting an armed police officer in every school has been a common suggestion to make schools safer in the wake of the Newtown shooting. But South Windsor Police Chief Matt Reed told lawmakers Friday that school security was not the objective of the school resource officer program.

Reed, the legislative liaison for the Connecticut Police Chief’s Association, spoke at a legislative hearing held by a committee looking to make recommendations on school security to address the shooting.

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January 10th, 2013

Pistol Permit Class Offered

by Christopher O'Brien

A local firearms training group will be sponsoring a pistol permit class on January 27th. This Connecticut Pistol Permit Class is designed for the civilian interested in obtaining a Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers in the State of Connecticut. In the State of Connecticut, in order to obtain a pistol permit, the applicant is required to complete a course on handgun safety. The course will be coordinated by

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January 9th, 2013

Blumenthal: Background Checks for Bullets

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart | CT News JunkiePhoto: Hugh McQuaid

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told reporters Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation toughening requirements for purchasing ammunition.

The bill, which comes in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that claimed 26 lives, would require retailers to use an FBI database to conduct background checks on anyone who buys bullets. It would also require retailers to report to law enforcement when someone purchases more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and it would extend an existing ban on bullets capable of piercing body armor.

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January 6th, 2013

What if We Put The “Militia” Back in the 2nd Amendment?

by Christopher O'Brien

By Amanda Bloom

Musket (1)The mass shooting that took place in Sandy Hook, Connecticut earlier this month, one of the worst in United States history and the seventh that took place in 2012, has brought gun control to the forefront of American consciousness.

President Obama has promised new gun control policies by early 2013; in the mean time, gun sales have spiked across the country, where 300 million guns, both legal and not, are estimated to be owned.

America is the most heavily armed country in the world, and the Supreme Court has upheld the individual right to bear arms numerous times.  Guns aren’t going away, but we can mitigate gun violence.  What we need are better gun owners.

What if we changed the way we see gun owners in America, specifically those who are licensed to carry?  What if we upped their responsibilities?  What if they were trained on par with police officers, or even soldiers?  What if we felt safer knowing that some of our fellow citizens were not only armed, but looking out for us, ready to protect us, our children, our families and friends?

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December 19th, 2012

Letter: Long Term Treatment and Special Officers Could Improve Society

by Christopher O'Brien
     In light of the horrible tragedy recently in Newtown, I believe it is time that we as a community begin to at least consider an obvious option. If we are willing to hire security guards to protect our money, gold, silver, properties and businesses, why don’t we demand that security (police) be posted in the schools to protect what we value most of all – our children. I understand that some school districts already do this periodically with Officers from their local police departments which is great. However, it is obviously insufficient. It should be regular posting for the foreseeable future.

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