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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.

Angie S. January 04, 2013 at 06:22 PM
OMG...isn't there already a huge outcry over in anti-gun NY state and a huge backlash against that paper that published the names and addresses of permit holders in Westchester County? What the heck is that CT lawmaker THINKING!?!? So you're going to make it easy for bad guys to go steal a legally registered gun from a licensed law-abiding gun owner??? WTF!?!? Talk about another gun-hating moron who thinks that this would somehow make his gun ban policies any more effective. If anything, this would kind of defeat the purpose of having gun bans and requiring background checks in an attempt to keep those with criminal records or a history of mental illness from acquiring arms. After all, why would they need to BUY a gun when they could just look up a public record and go STEAL one??? So this guy wants to keep ammunition out of the hands of felons but wants to publish the names and addresses of gun owners from whom such felons could go steal the very ammunitioni he's trying to keep out of their hands!?!? Can we say DUMB!?!?
Andrew Cox January 04, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Wow, Pro-Life, that is a very well thought out and reasoned response to all of Angie's questions.
Charlene January 04, 2013 at 08:53 PM
@Pro-Life, where did Angie say she needed a gun? I agree with her, why publish the names of the law abiding gun owners? Why not publish the names of the felons that committed a crime with a gun, similar to the sex offender list?
victor January 04, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I hope some enterprising reader with the time and skill can provide all the personal information of Dargan like was done in New York. This guy is grandstanding for publicity. Would be a shame if he was recalled by his constituents...
Chris Noe January 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM
The first crime in Newtown was the mother did not secure her guns. She won't be prosecuted because she is dead. Her mistake cost her her life, her son's lfe and all the others. The mother is the person who caused this. The son had a mental illness, had he not killed himself he would not have been tried in Connecticut. Their are citizens and elected officials who are exploiting the dead to advance their cause. There is no shame greater than this.
Angie S. January 09, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Pay attention to what Walter T. Shaw, Bob Portenier, and Frank Abagnale have to say about the downside of Stephen Dargan's proposal and actions such as that taken by the Journal News over in NY, as in any real analysis one must consider pros AND cons: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/337035/guns-me-not-thee-john-fund http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-map-wouldve-made-job-easier-safer/

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