Proposal Would Take Guns From Residents With DUI Convictions

The change is one of many outlined by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

If you've been convicted of a DWI or DUI in the past five years, then Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doesn't think you should own a firearm.

Under Malloy's recently released gun law proposals, one provision would prohibit anyone convicted of either offense from purchasing a firearm. The law would also be applied retroactively, meaning residents convicted of DWI or DUI in the past five years would no longer be permitted to own a firearm, according to an article by CT News Junkie.

The governor's proposal is keeping in line with the state's current gun law, which makes it illegal for convicted felons to possess a firearm, Michael Lawlor, Malloy's criminal justice advisor, tells CT News Junkie. It would not impact law-abiding gun owners, Lawlor said.

Lawmakers are already finding themselves on both sides of this one. The CT News Junkie article quotes two legislators — a Democrat and a Republican — who, respectively, are for and against it.

Malloy's proposal comes as the gun violence subcommittee of the state's Bi-Partisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and School Security prepares to release its recommendations for legislative and policy change. The Task Force was formed in the wake of that claimed the life of 20 first graders and six educators.

Meanwhile, gun law proposals are being debated at the federal level, too. President Barack Obama, who visited Newtown just days after the school shooting, has called on Congress to re-enact and strengthen an assault rifle ban, among other measures — sparking a national debate on the Second Amendment.

Do you agree with Malloy's proposal?


Sanchez February 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM
And please read some of the commentary I had to deal with on the Patch locally. These people are rabid and vile. At least here most are somewhat civil.
Jlo March 01, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Well I agree that guns and drinking have no place together, make that a felony outside the home. But if you make simple DUI a felony (i.e. pulled over, no accident, no injuries) you will ruin the lives of so many people....a felony follows you for life....the college kid, the housewife, the business man, they will all be basically unemployable because of one stupid mistake. Very short sighted.
Jlo March 01, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Oh and its already illegal to be out drinking with a gun fyi.
Jlo March 01, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Lady please stop posting this nonsense. We are talking about using drunk driving arrests to seize guns not about trying to stop drunk driving, malloy could care less about anything but looking good politically. Read the article.
Sanchez March 01, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Can you post a more irrelevant comment AZ?


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