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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.

Chuck D'Angelone January 05, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Fine with me! The criminals will leave me alone and go to the bleeding heart liberals home. If I were one of the homes that did not show up on that list I would be very nervous. I am a law abiding gun, gun owning citizen and have my firearms for hunting and home defense. I hope I never have to use a weapon in self defense but sleep well at night knowing I can protect my family. I just do not see the point in making it public information. When a Ct resident wants to purchase a firearm, he or she has to fill out the proper forms and submit to a background check. If he or she does not have a hunting license or pistol permit there is a 14 day waiting period. So what's the issue? Oh yeah, the criminals do not do this!!!!!
MAC January 05, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Dems' ideas and laws on gun control are NOT the answer! Who do you BLAME in Chicago for all the gun violence (not to mention the government incompetence, corruption and insurmountable DEBT)?? Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago? Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago. 221 killed in Iraq AND ^^^ Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US. ^^^ ^^ The leadership in Illinois - all Democrats. ^^ President: Barack Hussein Obama Senator: Dick Durbin House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. Governor: Pat Quinn House leader: Mike Madigan Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) Mayor: Rahm Emanuel Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago. Of course, they're all blaming each other. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any! This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois. And he, and Malloy, are going to 'fix' "gun violence," and politics for us???
Bryan Cook January 05, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I believe there is a major misconception here. The list would only show people which have pistol permits, which enables them to CARRY a pistol. One does not have to have a permit to have a gun in ones home.
Ed Froem January 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM
There's no misconception, its just a democrat maneuver to paint anyone who has a permit and is therefor a potential gun owner as a potential threat. One of our wonderful talking heads on tv was equivocating permit holders with pedophiles.
mike welch January 06, 2013 at 01:15 AM
One word for leadership in this country....Morons

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