Malloy: Banning Some Weapons Won't Hurt Connecticut Gun Makers

The governor says state weapon manufacturers sell most of their products out of state anyway.


By Eileen McNamara

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is defending his gun control proposals against accusations they could threaten state gun makers and the jobs the manufacturers provide.

Malloy this week said Connecticut lawmakers could pass legislation saying banned guns could be made here but only sold out of state, according to a post on the blog Capital Watch. 

”If that required legislative approval, we would garner that approval,” the governor told reporters at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

While legislators in the General Assembly continue their talks on gun control in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown shootings, Malloy, impatient with what he said was slow action by the lawmakers, unveiled his own gun violence legislation in February.

Included in the plan is a proposal to limit the size of gun magazines that can be sold in Connecticut and a ban on certain assault-style weapons, such as the  AR-15, a military-style gun similar to the one Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Sarah Atwell March 18, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Banning certain guns and limiting magazine capacity won't curb crime or prevent what happened another mass shooting. CT politicians and politicians all over the country are just using Sandy Hook and are ignoring the larger issue- how we as a country deal with mental health. Why not implement a permit process for owning all guns and not just pistols? No one is doing anything to prevent people from buying firearms illegally, including a mentally disturbed person. Stop using Sandy Hook.
Gary Curnow March 18, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Absolutely nothing proposed about bnning firearms of any type, style or "look" would have or could have prevented the tradegy in Sandy Hook. We need to look at the mental health system in Ameria, not just Connecticut and see what can really be done to reduce the occurrence of this happening again. I say reduce because we cannnot truly liminate or stop this from happening ever. We can only look towards the future and do what is right nt what is politcally advatageous.
Mark W March 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Companies that stay in Ct and continue to manufacture weapons that are banned by Ct progressives will face a boycott by gun owners across the country. The only option for these manufacturers will be to relocate to other business friendly states. It’s time reasonable public safety laws were passed – to ban progressives. Our Connecticut Jobs depend on it.
john milardo March 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Let me get this straight. The goverment has a tobacco industry study performed years ago and the outcome was that their products killed millions of people, and continues to do so. Alcohol kills just as many people, and the government, local or federal, do nothing. The lack of getting the proper health care for mental illness creates deaths in our country, so the government, local and federal go after the firearms industry, and do not fully address the real issue, mental illness. (Any person who kills innocent children and people is insane, no matter what the motive). Why isn't the solution the same for the firearms industry as it is for the tobacco and alcohol industries? A warning on the box!


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