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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.

Long time resident January 05, 2013 at 06:20 PM
What I think is really sad is the opportunistic behavior of the gun control advocates grandstanding on this horrific tragedy to pursue ends they have wanted all along. They are counting on the public being so troubled by the Sandy Hook incident and gun owners feeling so humbled that any policy, no matter how intrusive, will be accepted. I have observed this before, liberalism is the face of intolerance in this country today.
Spiff January 05, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Hey Long time resident, while I agree that "liberalism is the face of intolerance," I would also suggest that anyone who would come up with an idea this stupid is simply evil, they don't care one bit about anyone's safety or security, all they care about is their agenda. No one with an ounce of concern for public safety would ever suggest an idea this stupid!
Rose Horan January 05, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Or perhaps even teach their own children to not to poke their little noses in other peoples houses and touch things that don't belong to them.
Bob Lyke January 06, 2013 at 07:06 AM
More government, more control, more taxes, more stress and frustration by participating in winless debates with extremists on both sides of the issues. We only have ourselves to blame for electing local and state officials that are not leaders that can bring both sides closer to the middle. After they perpetuate thier local and state positions, they get get elected to office in Washington, DC and we are all victims. The only answer is term limitations, and guess who votes on the Constitutional Ammendent for term limitations? The same people who refuse to have the same Social Security, health insurance, and retirement benefits of the Commoners.
Gary Matter January 06, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Looney needs to do his homework. Another area in the county saw an increase in burglaries after making public, the name and addresses of law abiding citizens who own guns. Just 3 weeks ago, the Journal Register, a newspaper in New York published the names of gun owners in lower Hudson Valley. Already correctional officers and their families there have been threatened by inmates were able to get there home addresses. Enfield has a lot of correctional officers. Everyone here knows a friend who works at one of the prisons. I think they should be able to sleep at night without having to worry about a convict getting his hands on the list and carrying through a threat on his or her families.

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