The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, issued the following statement today:

Gov. Dannel Malloy today signed into law a package of gun-control legislation that was assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing. Most legislators had little time to even read the actual bill language.

The unfortunate results of this process, which made it appear that all points of view were being heard when in fact true expertise was shut out when it was most needed, means that mistakes in what is now enacted law will have to be corrected.

For example, language in the new law specifies a procedure for licensed firearms retailers to perform mandatory “universal” background checks on private party transactions that is not permissible based on federal law and regulations governing the National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) system. As we read it, this mistake in lawmaking means that all private party transactions in the state now cannot be accomplished legally.

We share the goal of wanting to make Connecticut safer for our citizens following the unspeakable tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the end, however, public safety has not been enhanced and the unintended consequences of behind-closed-doors lawmaking will cause considerable confusion until the General Assembly corrects its mistakes.

Here is where we stand today. Law-abiding citizens of this state now have greater restrictions on their Second Amendment and state constitutional rights while Connecticut’s firearms manufacturers will be forced to seriously weigh the impact on their businesses and their employees of the state’s double-standard of you can build it here, but not sell it here, public policy formulation.

We will be carefully studying all provisions of the law for possible challenge in the courts.

Logo courtesy National Shooting Sports Foundation

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3 thoughts on “NSSF Statement on Passage of Connecticut Legislation

  1. There will soon be more freedom in places like Cuba and Russia than here in the USA!
    The 2014 elections must be taken seriously and git rid of any politicians who have violated our constitutional laws, then they need to be prosecuted for their criminal acts.
    If we don’t start holding these people accountable and clean up our government it will soon not mean much to be an American.

    1. I agree, but since our votes don’t count in presidential elections (electoral college) and CT. is a democratic state where majority rules. Also, corruption is high. As you can see with these unconstitutional secret meetings where they push and pass their agendas, what is our answer? A revolt? Somebody needs to squash this unethical behavior and reverse Malloy’s unconstitutional actions.

      1. Its possible they, our state and or federal goverment, are setting us up to revolt. So the state and feds will institute martial law which null and voids our Constitution. It may seem far fetched and delusional but, it wouldn’t take that much for it to become a reality.

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