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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.

 

By Eileen McNamara

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.

wyatt January 05, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Not a very accurate story. What Dargan wants to do, is reveal the names of people who have permits from the State of Connecticut, to carry concealed pistols. The fact that one has a permit, does not always mean that they also own a firearm. Among these permit holders are retired and active police officers and armed security guards, who carry a pistol as part of their employment but do not keep one in their home. I personally know several like this. Also, some people obtained a permit years ago and renew it every four years but never carry a pistol. Some don't even own a gun. Why do they keep their permit? Because the process of getting one is so difficult and time consuming. No one gets a pistol permit without a squeaky clean record, FBI background check and approval from the local Chief of Police. Plus, they must pass an NRA (yes NRA) approved safety course. A State pistol permit can and will be terminated for the least criminal charge and even some traffic infractions. By and large, pistol permit holders are the best trained, safest, most stable people to own guns. Dargan's stupid attempt to "out" these people is the lowest of the low, cheap "gotcha!" Politics. We can only hope that the good people of West Haven express their displeasure with him and his cronies at the next election.
john milardo January 05, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Having a pistol permit does not mean you do not have firearms in you home. Long guns - rifles and shotguns - do not require a permit to purchase. So, sending you child to a friends house that does not show a pistol permit, does not mean there are no firearms within the household.
wyatt January 05, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Very good point, John. A person could have a hundred long guns and shotguns in their home and not have or need a Pistol Permit. Dargan's bill is just his way to stick his thumb in the eyes people who, statistically, are the least likely to commit any crime and gain some publicity for himself. By the way, for those who would like to speak to Rep. Dargan, his home phone number is: 203-937-1985, office: 1-800-842-8267, he lives at 215 Beach St., West Haven, CT. 06516. All that info is from his website, I'm not revealing anything more than he made public.
William Wilson January 05, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I called his office yesterday to state my displeasure with this bill. All I got was answering machine and I left my message and my name and number so he could call me back. I don't expect a call back but he should realize his kind of thinking is dangerous to say the least.
Daniel Cooper January 06, 2013 at 10:45 PM
How about this. There are laws that state that a politicians or judges need to be a residents of the area that they serve. Through the freedom of information act that info can be obtained. Lets see how these law breaking law makers and judges like having their addresses posted on-line for everyone to see.

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