Connecticut Lawmakers Enact Tough Gun Legislation

Connecticut Lawmakers Enact Tough Gun Legislation

Unlike the Feds, Connecticut Lawmakers Enact Tough Gun Legislation

Expanded bans on assault rifles, a ban on new high capacity magazines, extensive background checks for private gun sales, and a registry for high capacity magazines already possessed, are the highlights of Connecticut’s new gun legislation.

Part of the agreement is a compromise.  Parents of some of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary wanted an outright ban on all high capacity magazines, but lawmakers created a way to “grandfather” them.

A new state-issued eligibility certificate would be needed to purchase any rifle, shotgun or ammunition under the legislation. To get the certificate, a buyer would need to be fingerprinted, take a firearms training course and undergo a national criminal background check and involuntary commitment or voluntary admission check.

Allowing such large-capacity magazines to remain in the hands of gun owners would leave a gaping loophole in the law, said Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in the shooting.

“It doesn’t prevent someone from going out of the state to purchase them and then bring them back. There’s no way to track when they were purchased, so they can say, ‘I had this before,'” Barden said. “So it’s a big loophole.”

What we’ll hear tomorrow from the NRA is that, first, the law is Unconstitutional, and, second, that it will not be effective.  They’ll make the same claim that more guns will prevent violence, not fewer.

Our federal government hasn’t the courage to stand up and do the right thing.  That may be the right way to go.

The way the second amendment was actually written allowed states to decide what weapons could or could not be possessed by the average citizen.  Lawmakers in Connecticut are joining Colorado and New York.  Creating a safe, “every day” environment for its citizens is the responsibility of each state’s legislature.

Violent reaction to violence is called “war”.  And look how well those work out.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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