Connecticut Governor Announces Plans for More Gun Control

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a series of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence in the state during a press conference in Waterbury on Monday.

The proposals, which will be introduced during the 2023 legislative session include:

  • Banning open carry of firearms in public
  • Allowing concealed carry with a permit except in certain locations
  • Limiting handgun purchases to one per month
  • Updating the state’s ban on unregistered “ghost guns.”

These proposals will be part of the governor’s package of priorities for the 2023 legislative session, which he plans to present to the Connecticut General Assembly in February.

Gov. Lamont’s plans were also introduced in a press release via his official site

Even though Lamont acknowledged that Connecticut is one of the safest states in the country, he claims the reforms are “commonsense” and even necessary due to rising rates of gun violence around the country. 

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“It’s our responsibility to implement policies that keep our homes and our neighborhoods safe, and we have to take every opportunity to keep our residents protected,” Lamont said. “These commonsense reforms will protect our neighborhoods and the people who live in them.”

State Sen. Gary Winfield and State Rep. Steven Stafstrom, co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee, praised the governor’s proposals. 

“I have seen the success of our state-supported community violence intervention programs up close and personal,”  Winfield said. “They are critical to addressing and preventing gun violence in our communities, where strict gun laws fail to stop gun-related crime. We have the ability to address the root causes of gun violence and get to the individuals at risk of committing these offenses.”

Stafstrom agreed with Winfield. 

“These critical reforms attack gun violence in our neighborhoods from every angle,” Stafstrom said. “I’ve supported some of these proposals in the past, and I look forward to working with the committee and the governor to get a commonsense gun violence package accomplished this session.”

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According to Fox News, Republicans in the Democratic-controlled legislature took issue with the governor’s proposals, criticizing him for putting law-abiding citizens at risk while not placing enough emphasis on criminals. 

“Today the Governor and Democrats pitched a familiar path to an ‘everybody problem’ by offering proposals that will again have law-abiding gun owners carrying most of the freight,” said House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora. “Missing from their news conference was any talk about focusing on the people who are squarely responsible for causing mayhem in our communities.”

The Governor’s proposal also includes allocating an additional $2.5 million for the community gun violence intervention and prevention program, which will continue funding for the staff at the Department of Public Health who oversee this program and also provide grants for community-based violence intervention organizations.

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During Lamont’s time in office, he’s made gun control one of his primary goals. Starting in 2019, he made so-called “ghost guns” illegal unless the purchaser receives an official serial number from the state. In that same month, he banned gun owners from leaving their firearms unsecured in vehicles and homes. Part of that legislation was called “Ethan’s Law” in honor of 15-year-old Ethan Song, who was accidentally shot and killed while handling a .357 Magnum at his neighbor’s house. 

This press conference took place less than a year after Lamont announced a $64 million dollar proposal for gun control which he claimed was supposed to address rising crime rates in the state. 

“You’re not tough on crime if you’re weak on guns,” Lamont told reporters at the state Capitol in Hartford. ”We’re going to continue to stay tough on guns.”

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  • Charles February 1, 2023, 5:34 pm

    He tells you how he is going to punish law abiding citizens but not what he is going to do with criminals, which is nothing.

  • David Anthony Welsh January 27, 2023, 10:15 pm

    Violating people’s rights isn’t “commonsense,” it is criminal. This governor needs to be locked up. The same with his comrades-in-arms. Take away the punk’s (and politicians like him) armed guards and see how naked he will look. Northeast states-like the Pacific coast and a couple of Midwest states–are rife with Godless, corrupt vermin.

  • Jim Grimes January 27, 2023, 11:57 am

    I’d be willing to bet that criminals already don’t open carry, conceal carry wherever they want and buy all the guns they wish to without government interference.

  • MM in Havasu January 27, 2023, 10:22 am

    More east coast idiocy. Guns don’t cause violence, nutjob people do!

  • TEX MITCHELL January 27, 2023, 9:35 am

    focus on criminal control instead of blaming an inanimate object.

  • Gerald L. Ulrich January 27, 2023, 8:40 am

    The obvious solution to deadly violence regardless of the weapon is incarceration or execution,
    and nobody has the stomach to look at that reality.
    Another long term direction for curbing violence is returning to spiritual values,
    not banning God in all manner of things. One of the reasons for the violence is that nothing has value anymore,
    certainly not life or humanity. We want to save the earth, but for whom if we don’t care for the humans who inhabit it.

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