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Letter: LWVCT on Gun Control Measures

The League of Women Voters President Cheryl Dunson talks gun control measures.

The League of Women Voters of Connecticut would like to thank our local legislators, the leadership of the General Assembly and Governor Malloy for their commitment to achieving meaningful legislation on gun violence prevention—and to do so in a bipartisan fashion. We also thank the thousands of Connecticut residents—including those from the previously silent majority—who raised their voices for changes to our state’s gun laws. This major accomplishment reinforces the League’s core belief that citizens and their elected representatives can discuss contentious issues and focus on the common ground, on what unites us rather than divides.

There has been much media coverage about the new comprehensive law but we would like to highlight two important components you might not have learned about in the recent reports. Specifically, the new law:

  • Fights gun trafficking. This will help CT law enforcement to combat gun trafficking by increasing the criminal penalties for “straw purchases” of firearms and related offenses that put guns into the hands of criminals.   Guns used in crimes may start out as legal guns—but then are diverted into criminal activities, most frequently through “straw purchases” where someone buys a firearm on behalf of a convicted felon, a juvenile or other person prohibited from gun ownership.
  • Improves safe storage requirements. The presence of unlocked guns in the home increases the risk of both accidental gun injuries and intentional shootings. Responsible gun ownership can save lives. Now, gun owners who store loaded firearms in their homes will be held responsible for locking up or otherwise securing their firearms if they should know that someone else in the household is not eligible to have a gun for any reason (under age 21 for a pistol, 18 for a rifle, a criminal record, etc.), or that person poses an imminent risk of harm to himself or others.

The League of Women Voters of Connecticut has long supported measures to protect the health and safety of citizens through regulating the ownership of firearms.  We are pleased that these two important provisions have been enacted in the new law. All eyes are now on the U.S. Congress. To reach your U.S. officials to urge passage of sensible gun laws, go to http://lwv.org/get-involved.

Cheryl Dunson, President

League of Women Voters of Connecticut

www.lwvct.org

Milton April 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I would like to know if the LWVCT has an opinion on this. http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/dr-kermit-gosnell-the-trial-of-a-mass-murderer-that-you-are-not-hearing-about#comments
Andrew Auletta April 16, 2013 at 08:24 PM
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut would like to thank our local legislators, the leadership of the General Assembly and Governor Malloy for selling out their constituents by watering down their 2nd amendment rights. Hopefully, they'll never have to use a gun as a final act of self defense. If they had to pick one up, chances are they'd pee themselves.
Sanchez April 16, 2013 at 08:52 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/20/justice/colorado-rape-prevention-guidelines The list of 10 tips by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was billed as "last resort" options to deter a sexual assault. "Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating," read one tip. "Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone," read another. By Tuesday night, the list was taken down and replaced by an explanation and an apology. But it was too late.
Alethiologist April 17, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Pathetic...at the very least, they should be allowed to carry tasers.
Connecticut15 April 19, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Very compelling comparison - do not listen to the people on ObamaCare, bulldoze through legislation without providing the American people access to read it...oh, they didn't provide it to their own party either. That being said the polls and statements regarding American people's positions need a hard look. THe UConn poll is silent as to geographic distribution and political distribution across the state and they used 'cell phone lines' in their polling. Quinnipiac appears to miss entire chunks of the United States in their polling. Obama's '40% of gun purchases are done without background checks' is inaccurate and from a meager poll of @200 Marylanders from 1994 - a poll that one of its authors states the answers were far to generalized to interpret properly.

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