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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.

Charles January 06, 2013 at 01:58 AM
If they post the names of the gun owners we will know where the wackos live. we won't allow our kids to go to their homes. Children are 18xs more likely to die in homes with guns.All guns should be registered with the State. You should be forced to carry insurance on each gun owned. You should have to have a license and they should be inspected and taxed every year. We should treat them just like cars and boats. Almost 100 people a day are killed in the US by firearms
Jeff January 06, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Repeal the 2nd Amendment Now!
Jack January 06, 2013 at 09:54 PM
First of all Charles, where do you get your "facts" and where is the context for these numbers. Most people killed in the US by guns are killed with illegal guns by ne'er do wells or gangsters. Chicago is the classic example, i.e., strictest gun laws in the country and the highest homicide rate in the country. The only justification you can come up with to endanger law abiding citizens from crooks and thiefs, not to mention informing bad people with malice and revenge in mind, is to claim that you want to publish their names and addresses to protect CHILDREN!!! How pathetic is that! But I do have to give you credit on your creative ways to "control guns" by licensing, inspecting and taxing. Let's see how that works for you in New Haven, Bridgeport and any other crime-ridden Connecticut town. And just in case you didn't know, which I guess you don't from your comments, handguns are licensed in this state and you must pass a training and competenccy program before you can even (legally) buy a handgun. As for the insurance, I assumed you were just kidding.

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