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Sweeping Gun Control Becomes Law In Conn.

April 04, 2013  | 

Connecticut's Gov. Dannel Malloy signed sweeping gun-control legislation Thursday. Photo courtesy of Gov. Malloy.
Connecticut's Gov. Dannel Malloy signed sweeping gun-control legislation Thursday. Photo courtesy of Gov. Malloy.

Reeling from the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, Connecticut today tightened its gun-control laws as Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a stricter assault weapons ban, limit on magazine size, the nation's first dangerous weapon offender registry, and eligibility rules for buying ammunition.

The laws were designed as a response to the killing of 20 children and six educators at the school on Dec. 14. Connecticut joins California, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts as states with the strictest controls on weapons, reports the Associated Press.

"We applaud the actions taken by leaders in states like Connecticut, Colorado and New York, and we hope that the Congress is watching," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "It is their turn to remember that what they are debating is about preventing the thousands of senseless deaths each year from guns which have fallen into the wrong hands."

Gov. Malloy signed the legislation in Manchester Thursday morning, ahead of a community forum on gun violence prevention, mental health and school safety.

Connecticut's legislation comes on the heels of strict gun control laws passed in Colorado and New York earlier this year. Colorado passed a magazine limit of 15 rounds, while New York's law limits magazines to seven rounds.

The move may cost the state Colt, one of its most historic businesses. In late March, Colt Manufacturing said it would consider relocating if the laws were passed.

Comments (41)

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jon @ 4/4/2013 5:23 PM

Gov. Malloy should also consider changing the state's motto from "The Constitution State" to "The Communist State"...

This will absolutely do NOTHING to prevent gun violence and all the democrats know this.

Steve in LA @ 4/4/2013 5:33 PM

Another politically correct attempt to save the world. There will be no benefits from this cockamamie legislation. Encourage CCW’s instead of restrictions against the innocent members of society. Finally, if some jerk shoots up another school, prosecute him. If he is found guilty, hang him!

Josh Milton @ 4/4/2013 5:34 PM

Hypocrisy, dishonesty, citizen-be-damned behavior. As in other anti-2nd Amendment states, it will encourage criminals, leave honest people at risk, do nothing to reduce crime. What a bunch of stinking hypocrites, and even sadder to see it happen in CT, home of renowned gun manufacturers.

Tom ret @ 4/4/2013 5:34 PM

This governor must believe that if I were planning to slaughter a bunch of people and am not deterred by the penalty for murder I would be deterred by the law outlawing magazines over 10 rounds. Couple this belief with the fact that there are literally millions of magazines over 10 rounds in public circulation.

Colt should run from this state.

gunner @ 4/4/2013 5:48 PM

This is all about control of the American People these people like Gov. Malloy could give a hoot about anything other than control. If in fact he did care he would attack Hollywood, the gaming industry, the Teachers Union no corporal punishment "swat in the butt" for misbehavior. the drug industry for pushing drugs on kids in school for the b.s. ADD and the rest of their reasons for misbehavior. The liberals that pushed no fault divorce leaving children fatherless. Welfare system that rewards having children and no father. Taken God out of the classroom and replaced it with mother earth. I wish they would look at the root cause instead of a piece of metal that does nothing on its own. This my friends in reality is the start of a one world government with the UN in charge.

PRM @ 4/4/2013 5:49 PM

Just thankful I live in a Southern, Red, Pro-Gun State. 2014 is going to be critical. If the dems get the house, it will be Obama unleashed and I am afraid of what will be left of America as we know it.

TimFromLA @ 4/4/2013 5:59 PM

How is this anti-Second Amendment?

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State. You know what this means? the 10th Amendment! No where does the Second Amendment say country, the people and so on. This is what the 10th Amendment is about. No big government, no big Obama, but the State of Connecticut wishes to REGULATE firearms. it is NOT unconstitutional.

John Russell @ 4/4/2013 6:01 PM

I got news for this GOVERNOR-- we can play hard core politics too I prevented a bill in 1994 from being passed thank god but seeing how all the idiot liberals took all the ANTI GUN positions this time. Well sir I urged on many major sites for all Machinists who work at Big companies perhaps in CT to leave or those business that supply to CT should cease a way to BOYCOTT such a unfriendly and tyrannical state that does as it pleases. Oh in good faith many of our contractors will do as such and hopefully COLT or Remington even Springfield shall leave your state and I will be more than happy to assist them for FREE if they do so! Oh I'm a TOP MACHINIST and Mechanical Engineer with 30 years in DOD market!

Dave from AK @ 4/4/2013 6:09 PM

Amen Tim. Everybody please read past the 2nd Amendment before getting all hot under the collar...

kevin @ 4/3/2013 6:18 PM

Tim what part of shall not be infringed do you not understand? For a State to regulate firearms like Connecticut is now doing, it is a violation of the Second Amendment!

Leonard Mather @ 4/4/2013 6:47 PM

Governor Malloy needs to receive specific information on those killers who have acquired guns of their choice--including the types Malloy has banned--especially if the killers did not qualify, or pass muster. The point Malloy needs to see in hard evidence is the irrelevance of his efforts to stop those who steal guns, and/or acquire them illegally. To use the reductio ad absurdum on Malloy, his next step would be to go after the gun manufacturers. Of course, he is playing to the emotions of those who clamor "Somebody must do something?!" He is doing something. He gets publicity and the feelgood aura rides the crest of the wave.

Morning Eagle @ 4/4/2013 6:58 PM

Watch closely boys and girls or you'll miss how fast firearms related crime in CT will be reduced by this legislation signed off on by an obviously brilliant governor who only cares about the safety of The Children. What a crock! They don't care about anyone's safety but their own and legislation such as this is all about control of ever increasing aspects of everyone's life. If obama gets his way this will be nationwide, not just a few states and anyone that cannot or will not acknowledge that this IS infringement on the Second Amendment is .... And yes, firearms/ammunition manufacturing in CT should come to a screeching halt as companies pull out all their assets and move to some of the many states that would welcome them.

Boston @ 4/4/2013 7:16 PM

Politicians make me laugh! What good do you really think his actions will do to deter the mentally challenged person. Malloy must be up for re-election in the near future. Govenor how about signing or supporting a few bills on texting, drugs, Illegals and drunk driving.

al @ 4/3/2013 7:21 PM

If they think gun control laws will curve gun violence they are idiots . Do you think that someone who is going to commit a violent act against someone is going to care about the law. The politions are stupid they are depend on guns for there protection but yet they want to band the guns that protect them. It takes a real idiot to believe that will help its time to get rid of these stupid elected officials.

al @ 4/3/2013 7:25 PM

Tim is from la well that says it all he is from California .

Matt @ 4/4/2013 7:34 PM

Not to mention the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution only regulates conduct by the Federal government. The individual states have long been free to regulate firearms under their respective police powers. If more people actually understood what Constitutions are, and why we have a dual federalism system, comments would be a lot less ignorant.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/4/2013 7:41 PM

So Gov. Malloy, you talk a lot about guns and ammo, I don't see anything here to help protect children in schools, isn't this what it is all about. I think most of the politicans(blue&red) are full of more stuff than a Christmas turkey.

Mike @ 4/4/2013 7:51 PM

Useless law.. How would any of this prevent a psychotropic drug taking, social outcast, with irresponsible parents moron from doing what he did?

Bo @ 4/4/2013 8:00 PM

Hitler, Stalin, Vlad 111, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Castro(s), Ante Pavelic, Idi Amin Dada, King Herod, Kim Jong 11(and son), Than Shwe, Hu Jintac, Robert Mugabe, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Omar Al-Bashir, certain U.S. polititions and the list goes on. When are the people of this country going to wake up ? Fail to run a background check on your wife, brother, girlfriend before you give them any gun as a present and you both have become felons. Now they will take your guns and have laws on their side. READ YOUR HISTORY ****

njmotorcop @ 4/4/2013 8:13 PM

More subversive malfeasance from corrupt politicians!

PD @ 4/4/2013 9:44 PM

Guess how many lives will be saved by this legislation?

Hint: 0.

conman341 @ 4/5/2013 12:56 AM

Morons. No surprise. By definition, 50% of CO, as are the remainder of the imbecilic component of this country, are, by definition, below average intelligence. This, like the rest of the liberal scumbag ideas, this will have a HUGE effect on "gun violence".

conman341 @ 4/5/2013 1:01 AM

hopefully, Colt will have the cojones to get to out of the fascist, hippy liberal state of CO

SSG/Deputy Becker @ 4/5/2013 1:10 AM

How has it come that we have so many morons in charge of us? How did this happen? It's not merely a "right" or "left" issue either. It is the fringes, the polar extremes, implementing their agendas upon us all. It makes me sick.

Dave55 @ 4/5/2013 2:25 AM

Not the Colorado I served active duty mil in for 7 years seeing, 2 years in GA, I spent the rest of my 20- 11 years OCONUS...a 33 year law enforcement veteran buddy of mine is heading out of state also we talk every Sunday...Deputy Becker you are correct...

CaptKirk @ 4/5/2013 3:21 AM

OMG, i'm glad I leave in TEXAS. By the way Colt Firearms, we have several buildings here in Corsicana, Texas that would house your company very well. The City also gives alot of tax breaks to new industries. Perfect location for ya'll to relocate to....on Interstate 45 and TX 31 and US Hwy 287 between Dallas and Houston two of the greatest cities in the US.....VERY PRO GUN!!!! I'd hate to know my state is as ignorant as Connecticut!

Bob @ VA @ 4/5/2013 5:33 AM

TimfromLA - Let's review the bidding, shall we. The Bill of Rights supercedes state law via the supremacy clause in cases where they have been incorporated to the states. The Heller decision incorporated the 2nd Amendment to the states. The 2nd Amendment uses the same "right of the people" as in the 1st, 4th, and 9th Amendments. Should the states register those who wish to speak on political issues? Should the states require a licence and background checks for churches? Should the states be able to muzzle the press or establish/ban religions or violate your right to unreasonable search and seizure? Of course not. So neither can states infringe on the right of the people (not the right of the militia) to keep and bear arms.

Also, the 2nd Amendment is the ONLY amendment that uses the words "shall not be infringed". That's the strongest language in the Bill of Rights. The onerous gun control laws being passed clearly infringe on the right of the people. With liberty comes both responsibility and risk. Grow up and live with it, or move to N. Korea where only the police and military have guns. How's that working out for the people there?

As we've seen in the U.K. and Australia, disarming the people significantly increases violent crime, and women and the small/weak/disabled suffer the worst. THIS is the real war on women.

vincenzino @ 4/5/2013 6:12 AM

How about taking the time to raise your kids properly (ie: love them,
teach them self-respect and to respect others, and discipline them when
necessary). Be there to support and advise them, but make sure they
know who's the boss. Tell them to carry themselves with class and to make you proud by doing the best they can in whatever challenge they
may encounter. Be more of a parent than a BFF, and there's an excellent
chance your kid won't grow to be a sociopath.

Trigger @ 4/5/2013 7:13 AM

It is unfortuante that this legislation will help. The feel good laws that are passed only place more burden on law enforcement. I have never met a criminal of any type in my 35 years in law enforcement that had any respect for hte laws. Penalizing honest citizens is no way to improve community safety. Michigan just passed a law that outlaws new drivers (youth just starting out) form using there cell phones, but you can't stop them to veryify their age to see if they are in violation.

FireCop @ 4/5/2013 7:14 AM

Connecticut is becoming an unarmed victim zone. Making it hard for honest law abiding people to arm themselves only makes it easier for the armed criminal. Chicago and DC are great examples. I hope this state doesn't become a huge magnet for criminals now that they passed this unfortunate law. Stay safe.

longo2guns @ 4/5/2013 7:37 AM

I could have saved Connecticut's governor some headache; don't know why no one has thought of this yet- just make murder ILLEGAL, and your violence problems will be solved! After all, making tougher laws has always scared criminals straight. Just look at the drug problem we used to have, the domestic violence we used to have, the car thefts we used to have, the burglaries we used to have.....
The joke is YOU, beauracrat!!!

oldcop @ 4/5/2013 8:39 AM

Hey unless you live in Conn. don't complain the gun ban will work just like the other gun ban areas like Chicago. All the crooks go there because life is easy no resistance, less work for the rest of us. Besides look at the jobs coming our way when all the firearms companies leave.

CT LEO RET @ 4/5/2013 12:00 PM

It's a sad day for CT, as a father, a citizen and a leo, we all no that these laws wouldn't have prevented what happened on Dec. 14th. Adam Lanza broke several laws that are already on the books. Don't make more laws, enforce the ones we already have. If Lanza had filled his mothers car with diesel fuel and fertilizer and blew up the school, they wouldn't outlaw those things. They don't care about the second amendment, this was never about preventing this from happening again. It's about taking away our guns, and they won't stop until they have confiscated them all. The left is patient, they don't care how long it takes. So after noon yesterday when Gov. Malloy signed this POS legislation, if he's correct the State of CT will never experience another gun crime. We'll lets see if it works, time will tell. The City of Hartford usally has a few shootings every week, oh, no wait, those are illlegal guns, oops, my bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Burson @ 4/5/2013 12:03 PM

Knee-jerk reaction by by a knee-jerk governor...

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/5/2013 3:46 PM

What amazes me is how few of you have ever actually read the U.S. Constitution. Presumably some of you work in Law Enforcement so you swore to protect and defend a document you have never read. How can you swear an oath or even stand for anything without ever reading the document you hold so dear? The Second Amendment is very clear and says nothing about individual gun rights... not one word. "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." A well regulated militia means laws governing troops which back then were the State Militia or US Army, back when the constitution was written the "state" was the government, the right of the people means the rights of a community not an individual. How can you swear to protect and defend a document you have never read? The rights are for all of us not a chosen few as you all seem to think. Protect and defend all the laws not just the ones you agree with. And never let a group like the NRA interpret a document for you, read it yourself! God gave you a brain now use it for something other than a hat rack!

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/5/2013 4:12 PM

What Bob @ Va won't tell you is the "people" refered to in all aspects of the Constitution are the community. None of those amemdments apply to only one person or it would have said "the right of the individual" but it doesnt. The "people" are the community that live within the borders of the United States of America and they don't have to be citizens for the law to apply to them they just have to be within our borders. Almost nobody was born in the United States of America when the Constitution was validated (after a vote of approval by at least 9 states did the constitution become law).. So the document doesn't rely upon citizenship to validate it, you just have to be here for it to apply to everyone. Please just read the amendment for yourself because the part the devil keeps whispering in your ear comes last not first.

Rob @ 4/4/2013 4:54 PM

The USSC the Heller decision upheld the individual rights of citizens. The 10th Amendment doesn't give states the right to tramp on the Bill of Rights. Otherwise California might decide to re-enact slavery. And in terms of most people in North America at the time being foreign born, seven or eight of my ten known Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors we're born on North American soil. I certainly hope that the citizens of Connecticut are satisfied with their elected reps.

Glavich, Police Chief @ 4/5/2013 5:02 PM

The criminals do not care about a magazine limit or ban of semi-auto firearms. They already get them illegally. I am not worried about law abiding citizen owning the semi-auto firearms and high capacity magazines. The criminals are who worry me while on duty. The law abiding citiizens who own firearms and live in Commonwealths and States that ban firearms and/or magazines need to remember during election years when they vote.

Marhsal Fine @ 4/8/2013 6:15 AM

Hey Colt.. Move to Indiana !!! We are working on the same answer to school violence that much of Europe did years ago... Armed protection in schools! My town is near rail, intermodal, lotsa' Interstate highways. Move here !! Right to workforce ! Ready to build the best guns in the world !! We want you!

GAPP @ 4/9/2013 6:22 AM

Bill of Rights, Militia, It's interesting that the words "shall not be infringed" are at the end ofr the paragraph and not before the "right of the people"it applies to all individuals (the people) Actually it's a very similar statement to the English Bill of Rights. as follows- Consequently, the English Bill of Rights (1689) declared, amongst other things: "that the raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of Parliament, is against law..." and "that the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defense suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law." This implies that they are fitted to serve in the militia, which was intended to serve as a counterweight to the standing army and preserve civil liberties against the use of the army by a tyrannical monarch or government.
I believe this says it very well and I also believe the Courts have come down on the side of the this Amendment applying to all individuals being grouped together as "the people"

DB @ 4/9/2013 12:12 PM

Ima Leprechaun ,
I usually never call people names, but you are a bigger dumbass liberal than Tim or Matt. The Constitution is the law of the land and the Bill of Rights ackowledges our God given rights, not rights given by one man to another!

With your way of thinking the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 13th, 14th, and other Amendments do not apply to any individual. Give me a break!

By the way, you tell us to enforce these illegal laws because they are "the law of the land." Yet Obama was told by the Supreme Court that his appointments to the Labor Relations Board were null and void and their decisions have no legal standing, yet he has not removed them, nor has their decsisions been declared null and void.

Also, Bill Clinton and Obama have both decided not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, even though it is the "law of the land."

Also, did you ever hear of Jury Nullification. It is when a jury hears the case, including the law and what it requires, and says, so what? We disagree and dismiss the courts actions.

I guess you would have supported keeping slaves and not allowing women to vote, as that was once "the law of the land!" What kind of double standard are you using?

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