No one wants terrorists to have guns. However, Gov. Dan Malloy’s recent proposal to ban gun purchases from those who appear on a nebulous terrorist “watch list” is a step too far. There is no doubt that Gov. Malloy is not a big fan of the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, this plan also guts the 14th Amendment due process clause by suspending the right to purchase and potentially confiscating legally owned property without providing ANY evidence to do so.
Dozens of witnesses have offered their opinion on Senate Bill 650, a proposal that would enhance in several ways protection for restraining order applicants. One controversial element, however, would also abridge the rights of Connecticut firearms owners, opponents say. Here are excerpts from a sampling of the written testimony both in favor of and opposing the firearms portion of the bill.
As long there have been guns in America there has been regulation. Safe storage laws date back to the colonial era. Guns safes and safe storage laws make everyone safer. Legislators ought to not only encourage safe gun ownership and use; they ought to reward such practices with tax incentives.
In this second commentary in a series of opinions both in support and opposition to HB 6962, a firearm storage safety bill, the president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League tells legislators how he was accidentally shot as a youth by a relative who was playing with a stolen gun. “The bullet hit my shoulder, hit my neck, lodged against my spine, hit the artery in my neck. … I lost the use of my arm. And I’m still here today to tell you that I believe that people need to be able to have access to their firearms in a way that they deem fit.
The Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering HB 6962, an Act Concerning Firearm Safety, that will expand the state’s requirements for safe gun storage and set penalties for gun owners whose firearms fall into the wrong hands. This commentary from Connecticut Against Gun Violence is the first of a series of opinions in support and opposition to the bill. Others will be forthcoming in the days ahead.