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.

bart January 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Karla It's now about privacy I am not attacking you. If you read the comment completly and still don't understand review history. If confiscation of arms from the FREE FRENCH and Polish during WWII doesn't ring a bell GO BACK TO SCHOOL Freedom IS NOT FREE that's the sorry state of the world around you.
Jim Eastwood January 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
RIGHT ON ART !!!!!!!! Keep it up !!!!! No side is either right nor wrong !!!! Agressive comments you bet !!!!!!Put the emotions aside and Let the appinted people-Mature, welleducated and balenced DO THEIR JOB !!!
Karla Donovan January 11, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Art, I do not support the publication of the list of gun owners. As per my previous comments! And my comment was not referring to your post.
Jlo January 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I support all of those suggestions but I do not support banning law abiding citizens from having certain types of weapons or sizes of magazines. ANY gun is capable of killing mass amounts of people. A semi auto handgun can fire just as fast as an AR-15 and with just as deadly results. The magazine argument is nonsensical because you can change magazines in less than a second with a bit of practice. I watched a video where a guy set up two targets side by side and timed himself shooting off a 20 round magazine using aimed shots which alternated back and forth between targets. It took him a hair over 15 second the first time. The second time he did the same drill but this time used two 10 round mags which required him switching in the middle, it took him just a hair over 15.5 seconds. I support common sense regulations but banning AR-15's and 30 round mags doesn't make any sense. It won't make anyone safer and it won't keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Steve January 12, 2013 at 03:16 AM
AR15 style rifles come standard with 20 to 30 round magazines. Anything less would be restricted capacity, so calls to limit 'high' capacity are disingenuous at best. There are no studies that show lower capacities lead to fewer homicides. Mass murders are extremely random & statistically rare. They account for about .01% of all homicides in the US. What is the correct # of rounds a magazine should carry? 10 is frequently mentioned as it was set to that in the last federal ban, but that's an arbitrary number. Most full size semi-automatic pistols carry at least 12 & commonly 15-17. This is standard. Attempting to restrict magazines greater than x number of rounds is a fool's errand (not directed at you, just speaking generally). There are 10's of millions of magazines in circulation & they're not going away. There are valid reason for their use, both in competition as well as self defense. The police only average something around 33% hit rate when they have to use their firearms. If a citizen has to protect themselves from 3 meth heads, how many rounds will it take to stop the attack? Will they wait for you to reload?


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