Skip to comments.Cities and towns to seek sweeping gun reforms
Posted on 01/15/2013 10:21:29 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
HARTFORD -- Connecticut will have the toughest gun laws in the country if the Legislature adopts a proposal to be unveiled Wednesday by an organization representing the overwhelming majority of the state's towns and cities.
The proposal from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities would set up a Gun Offender Registry for any individuals convicted of a gun crime, require a permit to purchase either ammunition or a rifle, mandate the registration of all firearms and impose rules that would bar residents with a history of mental illness from obtaining a gun permit.
The plan also would limit firearm magazine capacity, prohibit the purchase of more than one firearm in a 30-day period and outlaw the possession of body armor by all but law enforcement and military personnel.
"We will be releasing tomorrow one of the most comprehensive list of initiatives seen so far in Connecticut," CCM President James Finley Jr. said Tuesday.
Separately, legislative leaders Tuesday gave a new task force a late-February deadline for recommendations strengthening gun control, improving school safety and addressing mental health issues exposed by the Newtown school massacre.
During a news conference Tuesday in the Capitol complex, Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate announced the task force and said that the eventual legislation will also consider the findings of a similar panel named by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that has a mid-March deadline.
The 13-point CCM proposal, obtained by The News-Times on Tuesday, is to be unveiled at a news conference Wednesday. The group represents 151 out of 169 municipalities in Connecticut and advocates on their behalf with state and federal officials.
The organization's legislative committee overwhelming endorsed the proposal during a meeting Tuesday that was attended by more than 40 mayors and first selectmen from throughout Connecticut.
Among the recommendations are an outright ban on assault rifles -- using California's strict definition of the weapons -- and a ban on high-capacity magazines.
"These weapons serve no purpose except to take human lives," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who attended the meeting Tuesday and voted on the proposal. "We've seen the carnage they create in Aurora and in Newtown. We need to take action now. We can't wait for the next time."
Adam Lanza, a mentally troubled 20-year-old, shot his mother to death on the morning of Dec. 14, took her legally acquired weapons to Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School, blasted his way through the front door and murdered 20 first graders and six adults with an assault-style weapon.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said the gun-reform package was "one of the most hotly debated" issues before CCM's legislative committee in a long time. While some members felt the proposals may be "overreaching," most believed something needed to be done, he said.
"Some of these concepts may prove unworkable as it goes through the legislative process, but we certainly need to update our gun laws," Boughton said.
Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, who is also a member of the committee, said only about four or five members voted against the proposed set of recommendations.
One of the more controversial proposals, he said, is an attempt to circumvent federal commerce law, which restricts prohibitions on Internet sales, by making it illegal in Connecticut to "use the rights-of-way (public roads) for the transportation of ammunition."
Knickerbocker said that while some committee members admitted the proposal could potentially be thrown out by a court if adopted into law, other members noted that "there has to be a way to stop people from buying 10,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet."
Malloy said he expects a concluding report on the massacre by mid-March "at the latest" and that it may become as important a historical document as the report following the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr. in 1932.
He says he has broken off regular briefings from State Police because he's worried about possibly tainting the investigation.
Some people commit crimes; therefore, the all-wise, all-powerful, all-pervading state is entitled to punish all the serfs.
The communists appear to be having a contest to see which group of morons can pass “the toughest gun laws in the country”. We may want to start taking names so we can arrest all the right people for violating the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
I feel sorry for any real Americans left in Connecticut...
If you are driving through CT remember your rights.
Communities are clamoring for their very own CEA’s (Criminal Empowerment Acts).
Oh look, the tyrants are trying to outdo each other.
How about passing a law that bans the mentally ill from being elected to any Connecticut political office?
That would eliminate at least half of the Democrats and thus make the state much safer for sane citizens (now in a minority).
I’ve watched the NE become “marxism central” over the past decades and don’t even come up there anymore (Rhode Island, Mass., Vermont, Connecticut. Still have fine memories of New Hampshire. Hope it remains a “Live Free or Die” state.)
Malloy is a nutcase, pure and simply. He’s trying to surpass authoritarians like Maryland’s closet marxist, Gov. ‘Malley and New York’s thug, Andrew Cuomo.
If you put those three together, you’ve got the three posterboys for “Mental Health Year” and valid reasons for sanity tests for politicians.
I left Maryland years ago and never looked back. Talk about about a beautiful state full of Democrat wackos. If it weren’t for federal government buildings/employment in the counties near D.C., Maryland would have been sold in a bankruptcy sale on Ebay for about $10 buck and can of shucked oysters.
Cuomo has a “lean and hungry look”. He wants to be Obama’s successor and nothing is going to stand in his way. That’s the “Chicago Way”, aka a dictatorship-in-progress. He should have gone to jail back in the Clinton administration when he grossly mishandled and screwed up the Dept. of Housing & Development. Trust me, there was a jail cell waiting for him but during the Clinton Administration, crooks got good jobs and promotions, not jail time.
Gee, sorta luck the Obama regime with Holder prosecuting our intelligence officers and letting the “Fast and Furious” criminals/killer aiders move to new jobs.
Welcome to the Democrat’s version of utopia. In the Soviet Union, it was called “paradise”. The same in Castro’s Cuba, and Chavez’s “Bolivarian” revolution Venezuela, which is rapidly going down the crapper.
Well, the great uneducated and unwashed and undocumented voted (legally, illegally and numerously) in November and they got what they deserved. The tragedy is that the decent folk still in these states are suffering for it.
Just goes to prove that thuggery, lies, disinformation, smear campaigns, marxist/class warfare slogans, dramatic rhetoric, and Alinsky tactics CAN help the Democrats win.
And when they win, America loses!