Malloy On Connecticut Gun Control Talks: 'It's Not Working'

The governor says he's going to step in and propose his own measures. The move comes as Vice President Joe Biden is set to speak on gun control today in Danbury.


Angry at what he describes as inaction by Connecticut's General Assembly on gun control, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced he intends to propose his own form of legislation on the issue.

Malloy is expected to announce his proposals this morning, before he meets in Danbury with Vice President Joe Biden for a symposium on the national issue of gun control, the Connecticut Mirror reports. 

Malloy on Wednesday unveiled his plan to circumvent his own task force on gun control during a meeting with editors and reporters of the Journal Inquirer of Manchester.

“It’s apparent to me that the legislature will not reach bipartisan consensus on this issue,” Malloy told the JI.  “I’m always being accused of trying to play this outsized role. I’ve held back. It’s not working, and I will very shortly be speaking on this issue on a fairly comprehensive basis.

Malloy formed his special Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety following the Dec. 14 shootings at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 young students and six women. The task force held hearings in recent weeks but Malloy told the JI the panel has become politically mired.

“They wanted to do this — have a big panel with 50 or 60 people on the panel, and wanted to do this on a bipartisan basis and get to the same point. I’m now looking at leaders bailing out on hearings or rallies and people coming to talk about their own personal pain instead of gun control at a gun control rally," he told the newspaper.

Steve Bristol February 21, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Just to start with, you would be prevented from holding a permit if you are convicted of a use or threatened use of force (w/o a firearm) or if you are convicted of using a controlled substance or DUI w/n the past 5 years. Permit holders would have their permit revoked. So, if you are convicted of threatening to punch your neighbor in the nose, you could lose your gun permit. Now, for those say confiscation is not the goal--"Individuals in possession of magazines or other feeding devices with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds should have until October 1, 2013 to sell out of state, turn over to local law enforcement or permanently modify so that it no longer holds more than 10 rounds." Our Governor may be angling for a Federal job. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that even though he gave his committee until 3/15 to make recommendations, the proposal he wants to ram through comes on the day the King of Foot in Mouth Disease, VP Biden, comes to town.
Jay February 21, 2013 at 07:27 PM
"It's not working"? Impatience is another sympton of a dictator -- the "It's" are the states elected representatives and senators ande have a responsibility to fuss and feathers. At this stage Hitler arranged to have the Reichstag burned.. .


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