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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.

Jan Porri January 05, 2013 at 02:16 PM
There are already laws on the books regrading guns, and who can own them. Criminals do not care about the laws at all, this is only being done to punish the law abiding gun owners. There is also much confusion regarding 'assault' weapons vs rifles. Please do your research.....assault weapons are already banned in CT are they not?? Everyone is now on the band wagon and things need to calm down. Putting more laws on the books is not going to change anything, criminals and crazed people on a mission will find a way..enforce the laws we have..and don't get me started on the hypocritical politicians and celebrities out there...
MAC January 05, 2013 at 07:16 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???
Bill Generous January 06, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Wouldn't an armed intruder want to know who may not own a gun?
John Tyskewicz January 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Jan, thanks for your comments. However, you seem confused on a few points. You ask that we do "our" research as assault weapons are banned in CT. Do "your" research. Twenty children and 8 women were murdered with a LEGAL AK15 assault weapon in Newtown. Your statement that "...laws on the books is not going to change anything" is so far off the mark it doesn't require comment. Laws, whether new or old, WILL be enforced by the authorities.....its one of the signs of a civilized society. And while criminals and crazed people on a mission might TRY to find a way around these laws, lets not make it EASIER for them to do so. Respectfully submitted, John Tyskewicz

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