While some were calling for federal action on gun violence, Gov. Malloy released his own set of proposals for the state.
The five-part plan calls for universal background checks, a ban on magazines over 10 rounds, a strengthened assault weapons ban, improved gun storage laws, and stricter enforcement.
On magazines, current owners would have until October 1st to sell out of state or turn in to police the magazines they currently own.
Malloy suggests closing the “gun show loophole” by mandating that anyone buying from a private seller supply proof they have undergone a federal background check, which can be obtained from a federally licensed firearm dealer.
Malloy would expand the definition of an assault weapon by reducing the number of “military-style features” to one, down from four. Gun control advocates say multiple features (to qualify a firearm as an ‘assault weapon’) allow dangerous weapons, like the Bushmaster used by Adam Lanza, to slip through the cracks.
People who legally purchased assault weapons before the law was enacted would be allowed to keep their weapons, but only after undergoing a new permitting process that Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said “would be intensive and would involve extensive training.”
If an owner wanted to sell an existing assault weapon, they would have to do so out of state, Doba said.
The governor’s proposal would implement a mandatory reporting system to better track illegal gun activity. Gun transfers would also be more closely monitored; dealers would be required to keep track of transfers and provide that information to law enforcement.