Posts tagged ‘Sandy Hook’

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 27th, 2013

Metal Detectors Installed for Monday’s Public Hearing at Capitol

by Christopher O'Brien

When visitors enter the Legislative Office Building Monday they will be asked to do something unusual—go through a metal detector. The Capitol police have decided to station two metal detectors at the west entrance of the building for a legislative hearing on gun control, which is expects to draw hundreds. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people have already submitted testimony.

The decision was made by Capitol Police Chief Walter Lee on Friday.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said the idea of installing the metal detectors for Monday’s hearing was discussed by the staff for legislative leaders in both parties.

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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 11th, 2013

Rep. Sampson Calls for Death Penalty

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien
Hayes and Komisarjevsky | CT State Police Wolcott State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80th) has submitted a bill to reinstate Connecticut’s death penalty law during the 2013 legislative session.
“Its the proper penalty for the types of heinous crimes that unfortunately sometimes happen in our society,” Sampson tells the Whisper.
The penalty – which was previously abolished in 2012 for any prospective crimes – was abolished at the urging of Governor Malloy. The legislature wrote the current law so that only those gound guilty prior to the repeal would be subject to the penalty. Past convictions – at least in theory – can still be carried out.

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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 8th, 2013

The Newtown Microscope

by Christopher O'Brien

From time to time, small communities across our state and country experience profound tragedy.

Whether it be the bell factory fire in East Hampton, hurricane damage in Milford, East Haven and Fairfield, murders and domestic disputes in South Windsor, chronic violence in Bridgeport and Hartford schools, or children killed in car accidents in Bristol and inumerous other towns, the wounds run deep for all communities. Scars remain for years and affect the development of those living in the community for a generation.

Five years ago Wolcott lost three of our own teens in a preventable accident on East Street. The accident was caused by a dangerous weapon at the hands of an inexperienced 17 year old driver who had a history of leaving hulking pieces of metal in his wake. After news of the tragedy spread, classes were cancelled, forums held and the town comforted our children. We held them close. We held vigils. Candles and photos lined East Street. Counselors were summoned. The media descended.

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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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