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Gun Owners' Names, Addresses Could Become Public

A West Haven lawmaker has introduced a bill to make public the names of some 170,000 gun owners in Connecticut.

 

If you own a gun in this state your name and address could become public under a bill introduced in the General Assembly by State Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven.

Dargan filed the proposal in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 20 children and 6 women on Dec. 14. His proposal would overturn a law passed in Connecticut 20 years ago that keeps private the names and addresses of gun owners.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Dargan said he wants gun ownership information to fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act in part so that parents can know whether the parents of their child's friends have guns in their homes.

"Maybe their kids are going over to Johnny Smith's, and maybe they want to see whether they have guns in the house," he told the newspaper.

Dargan's proposal follows another bill that was filed recently that seeks to limit who can own gun ammunition in Connecticut and to keep such ammunition out of the hands of felons. Gun control issues are expected to dominate the General Assembly's winter session, which formally begins next week, in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

DisgruntledInClinton January 06, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I would like lists published of not just pedophiles, rapists, etc., but people who beat their partners. (Notice I didn't say "men who abuse or beat their wives, as many men are victims of spousal abuse.)
Jay January 07, 2013 at 12:35 AM
how about people who have abortions, have been treated or recommended for "mental health " problems, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc
Hammer McPhee January 07, 2013 at 12:26 PM
The Home Invader will be the only person made safer by publishing the addresses of law abiding gun permit holders by providing the Invader an almost 100% guarantee that they will be able to overpower the occupants of the targeted home. Authoritarian governments compile lists of citizens it wishes to target, for good or bad. It's obvious that this move is to add gun owners to the list of groups that have been marginalized by the government and main stream media... If you are concerned about the cost of providing free welfare and healthcare to over 12 million illegal immigrants – your a extreme xenophobe, if you support the Defense of Marriage act, your now an extreme homophobe, if your against abortion your an extreme right wing anti-abortion nut, if you want to keep most of what you work hard for, your a soulless Mitt Romney Capitalist... And now, if you support the 2nd Amendment and your right to defend yourself again criminals or an overreaching government – your a potential killer of first graders. After all, no Authoritarian Government can achieve it's ultimate goal of total control of the citizenry if those ornery citizens can't be completely cowed by threats.
candace hinkley January 17, 2013 at 01:09 PM
this is great!!!!!! just like in new york where thieves used the list to steal guns.
Mark February 16, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Vote with your feet. Leave this state that has no respect for your god given rights. They pass law after law and each one takes liberty and freedom from us and gives government more power over us. They work for us! Let them know! Enough is enough! Leave honest, hard working taxpayers alone and fix the health care problem that the State abandoned long ago.

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