The governor-appointed Sandy Hook Advisory Commission received presentations from state police Friday on current gun laws in the state.
The panel heard from the police on the process of applying for and obtaining a firearm permit, gun storage laws, and firearm transfer.
Police pointed them to some potential gaps in the law. The sale of a long gun between two private parties does not require a background check, for instance, and there are no laws on the books to prevent someone prohibited from owning a gun from living in the same house with a lawful gun owner.
The police also educated the panel about specific groups of firearms. Police told them gun manufacturers can find ways to work around regulations. For example, assault weapons are usually classified as such if they contain a given number of military features. The police said it was possible to slightly alter features to work inside the confines of a ban without changing the lethality of the weapon.