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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 Connecticut 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.

Barbara January 05, 2013 at 05:57 PM
This is not a good idea...will only let the thieves know where they can go to steal guns.
Thomas Johnson January 07, 2013 at 12:31 AM
On the other hand, the scumbags will know who the ARMED citizens are. Do you think that creeps with home invasion on their minds would choose to attack a home where they know the occupants have lethal weapons or homes of unarmed Pollyannas?
Jess Cramer January 15, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Not right! Let's just invite them in!!!
Bob March 03, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Not a good idea. It definitely will make you a potential target for a home break in. This bill will only help to supply guns to those who can not obtain one legally. Representative Dargan obviously has not thought this one through.

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