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Interim report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

Laws regarding firearms in Connecticut.

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Interim report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

Postby Rob-O » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:46 pm

Here is the link to the interim report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.


http://www.wfsb.com/story/21668459/sand ... rim-report


HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -
Gov. Dannel Malloy received an interim report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission that has outlined areas of consideration on the issues from gun violence prevention and school safety, among others.

"All of us in government have engaged in a lengthy debate on the best way to move forward following the horrific events of Dec. 14. The interim report from the commission represents another step in identifying the policies and laws that will make our children and, indeed, our entire state safer," Malloy said in a statement.

Malloy said the recommendations on school safety are worthy of consideration as budget negotiations continue.

"As you know, I have proposed and the General Assembly is considering a set of strong, common sense measures that includes universal background checks, stricter firearm storage requirements, restrictions on the size of magazines, and a total ban on the sale or purchase of many dangerous weapons, including the weapon used in the Sandy Hook massacre," Malloy said in the statement. "While I do not advocate a retroactive ban on the possession of firearms that are legally owned under current law, there are residents of our state who support such measures, and their views, along with the views of the staunchest defenders of the Second Amendment, have a place in this conversation."

Malloy said he believes meaningful legislation can be passed that will achieve common-sense gun violence prevention measures.

The panel is recommending universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers, requiring all firearms to be registered and would ban high-capacity magazines. It would also ban the possession and sale of guns capable of firing more than 10 rounds of ammunition without reloading.

In addition, the panel said it believes officials should require all K-12 classrooms to be equipped with doors that can be locked from the inside, and hardware that's capable of implementing a full perimeter lockdown.

To read the whole version (which is not that long) you have to go to the website and click the link on the bottom of the page.



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Postby Rob-O » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:48 pm

In a nutshell, here are the recommendations about firearms and ammunition.

In order for law enforcement agencies to safely engage in their lawful duties, the Commission believes the State of Connecticut should carefully consider the following items:

1. Mandatory background checks on the sale or transfer of any firearm, including long guns, at private sales and sales at gun shows.

2. Requiring registration, including a certificate of registration, for any firearm. This certificate of registration should be issued subsequent to the completion of a background check and is separate and distinct from a permit to carry.

3. Requiring the renewal of firearms permits on a regular basis. This renewal process should include a test of firearms handling capacity as well as an understanding of applicable laws and regulations.

4. Instituting a ban on the sale, possession, or use of any magazine or ammunition feeding device in excess of 10 rounds except for military and police use. The Commission recognizes that certain sporting events may at times seek to utilize higher capacity
magazines, however the consensus of the Commission is that the spirit of sportsmanship can be maintained with lower capacity magazines.

5. Instituting a ban on the possession or sale of all armor-piercing and incendiary bullets,regardless of caliber. The Commission also believes that a first-time offense should be classified as a Class D Felony under Connecticut General Statutes.

6. Allowing the purchase of ammunition for registered firearms only.

7. Evaluating best practices for determining the regulation or prohibition of the sale and purchase of ammunition via the internet.

8. Evaluating the effectiveness of federal law in limiting the purchase of firearms via the internet to those who have passed the appropriate background screening.

9. Limiting the amounts of ammunition that may be purchased at any given time.

10. Prohibiting the possession, sale or transfer of any firearm capable of firing more than rounds without reloading. This prohibition would extend to military-style firearms as well as handguns. Law enforcement and military would be exempt from this ban.

11. Requiring that trigger locks be provided at the time of sale or transfer of any firearm.

12. Requiring that the State of Connecticut develop and update a “best practices” manual and require that all firearms in a home be stored in a locked container and adhere to these best practices; with current minimum standards featuring a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety (including biometric) device when they are not under the owner's direct control or supervision. The owner should also be directly responsible for securing any key used to gain access to the locked container.

13. Requiring non-residents seeking to purchase a firearm or ammunition in the State of Connecticut to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility and conform to all other regulations applicable to Connecticut residents.

14. Requiring gun clubs to report any negligent or reckless behavior with a firearm, or illegal possession of any firearm or magazine, to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Commissioner of Public Safety, and local law enforcement.

15. Requiring promoters of gun shows to receive a permit from the Chief of Police or Chief Elected Official as well as provide notice to the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. :x :x

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Postby zeykshade » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:01 pm

Disconcerting.

The acknowledgement on the part of the commission that they don't like the "cosmetics based definition" of assault weapons is telling. They're pretty brazen about switching over to "function" as the defining characteristic. They do this in same paragraph as they acknowledge that rifles and shotguns aren't used in very many homicides at all.

They link firearm lethality to magazine capacity. Firearm lethality is it's effectiveness as a self defense tool. They admit as much by exempting LEOs and Military from the proposed 10rd limit on capacity. So they'd willingly and knowingly weaken a law abiding citizen's ability to defend themselves. That's pretty much unacceptable in my book. If the 2nd responders, Law Enforcement Officers, are exempted, why are the true 1st responders(victims), not? The mention of sporting events is a red herring.

The requirement for registration of existing firearms is 100% pre-cursor to gun confiscation. The renewal of firearms permits is another tax on exercising a protected right, much like requiring permits to peaceably assemble, only no real justification like Traffic Congestion. Basically it's a way to make it so onerous on the gun owner to actually continue owning them, they ban them by default.

The stated goal is to "dry up the supply of firearms over time". These recommendations would certainly go a long way to doing that; in the meantime, they'd weaken the real first responders' capabilities.

The safe storage requirements sound reasonable, but how are they going to enforce those? Ignore the 4th Amendment or have gun owners waive that right when registering their firearms?

The sad thing is, I can see all of this passing.


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