State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Gun Control


August Wolf: Never disarm law abiding Americans

Our constitutional right to keep and bear arms must be defended. When the Founding Fathers wrote "shall not be infringed," they meant what they said. I own firearms and I use them for sport frequently. We ought to focus on keeping mentally ill people and criminals from getting guns, not disarming law abiding Americans.
Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website Wolf2016.com.com Apr 1, 2016

Tom Foley: Newtown law added inconveniences on law-abiding citizens

Tom Foley is critical of the state's sweeping gun control laws passed after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown. But when asked what measures he would support, Foley wouldn't say.

Foley declined to take a position on the Connecticut law that prohibits the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The ban was signed into law by Gov. Dan Malloy (D) last year as part of a comprehensive package that also expanded background checks for private gun sales and broadened the state's assault weapons ban to include newer firearms models. "I'm not going to rewrite the bill, but there were a lot of inconveniences put on law-abiding citizens that wouldn't have prevented what happened in Newtown," Foley said. "These guns were bought with a background check and everything was legal. My bill would have been different." When pressed further on what that alternative bill might look like, Foley said, "I'm not going to answer that question."

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Aug 7, 2014

Tom Foley: Let stand current gun laws, but no specific proposals

Foley said he dislikes some of the sweeping gun controls enacted in response to the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, but offered no specifics. [Foley's primary opponent John] McKinney tried to capitalize on Foley's reticence. McKinney said. "When the Newtown tragedy happened, I had the courage to take a stand and fight for the people I represent. Tom sat on the sidelines and lobbed criticisms, and he has yet to offer one specific plan about what he would do."

Foley let the remark pass. Foley has made the calculation there is no profit in expressing an opinion about whether the state was right to ban the sales of military-style weapons such as the AR-15 rifle and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Instead, Foley has tried to neutralize the issue by saying he would not seek the repeal or the revision of the law, which McKinney voted for and Malloy signed. In a GOP primary, polls indicate the advantage lies not with the legislator who voted for gun control.

Source: Connecticut Mirror on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial debate Jul 17, 2014

Maggie Hassan: Background check system to avoid gun sales to mentally ill

We know that our work is never complete, that we can always make our communities safer and stronger. One pressing public safety issue is the fact that New Hampshire does not provide the current background check system with information about individuals who should not be sold a firearm due to serious mental illness--even though that information is supposed to be included under federal law.

I understand that some oppose changes to this system because they have concerns about the impact on 2nd amendment rights, and some because they fear such changes would stigmatize those with mental illness.

Senator Watters has led efforts to address this challenge in a thoughtful way, leading toward a measure to study the issue and make recommendations for further legislation. I encourage both the Senate and House to pass this bill, and I encourage those who have initially opposed the measure to be willing to re-evaluate their positions and to help find a way through this issue, together.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature Feb 6, 2014

Tom Foley: Enough on gun control; focus on preventing another Newtown

The Connecticut Democratic Party pointed out that Foley has refused to take a stand on the historic gun safety legislation that just passed the legislature, backed by a sizable number of Republican votes. Yet despite having some cover from members of his own party, it's a topic Foley clearly does not want to discuss:

"Foley last month said he wanted to wait until the police report was issued on the slayings by Adam Lanza of 26 people, including 20 first-graders, at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14 in Newtown. That report is not due out until June. 'I thought gun legislation ought to focus on what would prevent another Newtown from happening,' Foley said. 'Newtown has obviously been politicized nationally.'"

Foley also accused Malloy of using the Newtown tragedy "to change the subject away from the budget; [the Newtown gun bill] includes a lot of things totally unrelated to Newtown" he said. Pressed on which aspects were irrelevant to the murders, Foley said, "Enough on gun control. It's over."

Source: Daily Kos on 2014 Connecticut Governor race Apr 15, 2013

Dan Malloy: Restrict sales of "long guns" and ammunition capacity by age

Excerpts of SB 1160, "Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill":House Bill Passed, 105-44-2, April 3; Senate Bill Passed, 26-10-0, April 3; Signed by Governor Dan Malloy, April 4, 2013
Source: Connecticut legislative voting record on SB 1160 Apr 4, 2013

Dan Carter: Voted NO on restricting sales of "long guns" and ammo by age

Rep. Carter voted NAY on SB 1160, "Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Bill": Excerpts of legislation:House Bill Passed, 105-44-2, April 3, 2013; Senate Bill Passed, 26-10-0, April 3, 2013; Signed by Governor Dan Malloy, April 4, 2013
Source: Connecticut legislative voting record on SB 1160 Apr 3, 2013

Dan Malloy: More guns are not the answer to gun violence

More guns are not the answer to gun violence When it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom.

More guns are not the answer to gun violence As long as weapons continue to travel up and down I-95, what is available for sale in Florida or Virginia can have devastating consequences here in Connecticut.

Source: 2013 Connecticut State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

Chris Murphy: NRA has more control over Congress than any other group

The candidates said they backed gun control legislation. Tong praised state legislation requiring that lost or stolen guns be reported in 72 hours to make it harder for their sale to criminals. "That's the kind of leadership we need in Washington, common sense legislation," he said.

Murphy said lobbying by the National Rifle Association makes such legislation nearly impossible in Washington. "The NRA has more control over Congress than almost any other political interest group there," he said.

Source: The Connecticut Day on 2012 CT Senate Debate Apr 16, 2012

Tom Foley: Supports 2nd amendment but require reporting stolen firearms

Foley would have signed a gun-control measure passed in 2007 requiring gun owners to report stolen firearms. "I support the 2nd Amendment. I'm a gun owner myself, but I think with gun ownership comes responsibility."
Source: Connecticut Mirror on 2014 Connecticut Governor race Dec 31, 2010

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