Update: Both the Connecticut state Senate and House have passed this gun control package and it was signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday.

Connecticut legislators announced on Monday that after several weeks of debate between Democrats and Republicans, a deal has been brokered for a comprehensive firearm-related bill.

Gun control advocates such as Ron Pinciaro, the executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, believe that the new bill would have little effect on handgun violence. But, in an interview with the New York Times, he stated that the package is “the strongest [gun control] bill in the nation.”

Gun owners and gun rights groups are weary of the new bill and firearm industry stalwarts like the National Shooting Sports Foundation remain critical of the proposal. In addition to what is seen as an attack on personal freedoms, Connecticut’s gun industry–including big names like Colt Manufacturing–could be at risk. A blog post by NSSF Senior Vice President Larry Keane predicts disastrous results for local firearm manufacturers:

The irony, of course, is that if gun-control legislation in Connecticut passes, the gun industry in Connecticut could become just that – history. If pending bills in the Connecticut General Assembly are passed, there will other vacant firearm factories in the state – and plenty of laid off former manufacturing employees who used to work in them. They all would make great monuments to the historic industry that Connecticut’s lawmakers turned their backs on, all in the name of politics.

WTNH reports that the bill will, among other things:

  • Establish a statewide “dangerous weapon offender” registry
  • Require “universal background checks” on all firearm sales
  • Expand the state’s “assault weapons” ban with 100 new specified firearms
  • Ban the sale of new “high capacity” magazines (any that hold over 10 rounds) and require registration for existing magazines
  • Require eligibility certificates for purchase of rifles, shotguns, or ammunition
  • An expansion of the state’s safe storage law

Connecticut remains at the forefront of the gun control debate, and being the site of the Newtown tragedy, emotions run high.

“I wake up in the morning and put this green ribbon and pin on my jacket lapel to remember those we’ve lost,” said senator John McKinney (R-Fairfield). “And what I’m proud of is that all of us, Republicans and Democrats, understood that some issues, and this one particularly, should rise above politics.”

Bipartisan support for the bill means that it will have a fair chance when it reaches the General Assembly on Wednesday. Connecticut already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and is part of seven states, recently including Colorado, with magazine limits.

Image from jglazer75 on the Wikimedia Commons

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4 thoughts on “Extensive Gun Control Package Introduced to Connecticut Legislature

  1. It still won’t stop gun violence because criminals will always have guns and ammo. Because, criminals don’t care about the laws. CT thinks its at the forefront of gun safety. Its a nice show for all those that say we must “do something”. CT’s “something” is revenue to the state. These politicians say it’s about safety and hide behind it. In reality, its all about money.They can’t raise any more taxes so their plan is to go after the law abiding gun owning citizens rights. So they create unconstitutional bills to say that CT gun owning residents have to register their magazines and firearms. They don’t specify the hefty price the CT. residents will have to pay. Also, with lack of manufacturing in the state, these gun manufacturers will pack up and move to more gun friendly states. Then the governer and the residents currently with jobs are screwed. CT will be just like Detroit only with trees.

  2. It is high time that all manufacturers pick up & start moving out of gun unfriendly states & move to places that respect our rights & deserve the tax revenue that is created by them. Enough is enough. Let the liberal hordes suffer through their legislation & reap the pitfalls of it.
    Another state that I will not be visiting & spending my hard earned $$ in.

  3. Well, just another state that will have “Can not ship to” when a law abiding citizen of the state of CT would like to purchase anything firearm related from another state.
    So far CA, CO, NJ, NY and now CT are on the black list.
    Illinois is next.
    Time to start moving out of these states to one where the politicians do not have their heads up their collective ass.
    The firearms industry need to move out of these states anyway. Jobs are always appreciated in a gun friendly state.
    In this respect thanks !!
    Let us just see how these laws play out in the next “mental idiot with a gun”.

  4. I suppose CT legislators should have really surprised everyone and voted to legalize RPGs, flamethrowers, anti-aircraft guns, belt-fed 30 cals, tanks, cannons, and battlefield nukes.

    I’m a gun owner and a hunter. I’ve hunted in California, Montana, and Illinois and never felt the need for a high-capacity clip fed semi-auto rifle or pistol in the field. I keep a loaded gun in the house but it’s a 5-shot Smith revolver and will probably do the trick in the unlikely event I need to have a shoot out with a burglar some night.
    But (unlike most of the people who comment on these pages) I pride myself on being a rational thinker.

    – I know for a fact that fewer people would have died had the shooters in Aurora, Tuscon, and Newtown been limited to 10-round magazines.
    – I know for a fact that cigarette smoking is the leading contributor to lung cancer.
    – I know for a fact that environmental lead is a bad thing.
    – I know for a fact that 97% of climate scientists agree the planet is warming because of man-made CO2 emissions.

    – I know for a fact that Mary was not a virgin and that Jesus did not rise from the dead.
    – I know for a fact that Noah didn’t build some big boat that was capable of of sheltering 7 breeding pairs of all the mammals, reptiles, and birds for an extended cruise over a water covered planet.
    – I know for a fact that humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestor.
    – I know for a fact that the earth is round.

    I KNOW THAT FACTS ARE INCONVENIENT THINGS FOR MOST RABID GUN OWNERS (AND EVERY REPUBLICAN APPARENTLY) BUT THAT DOESN’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS AND NO AMOUNT OF WISHFUL THINKING CAN CHANGE THEM!

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