Senate President Pro Tempore Responds To Suit Over Gun-Control Law

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\"donSenate President Pro Tempore Don Williams, D-Brooklyn, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the National Shooting Sports Foundation\’s newly filed federal lawsuit claiming the post-Newtown gun-control bill, approved this past spring, is \”unconstitutional and void.\”

Among the organization\’s claims is that the Senate and House abused the \”emergency certification\” procedure that avoids the normal legislative committee deliberation process and public hearings.

Said Williams:

\”The National Shooting and Sportsman Foundation cannot accept the fact that Connecticut responded to a horrific tragedy with common sense reforms that achieved broad bipartisan support.  The gun manufacturers that support the NSSF apparently believe that the murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were not worthy of emergency-certified legislation after extensive public hearings and meetings.

\”This is part of a shameful national campaign to intimidate legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, from requiring background checks and keeping weapons of war out of the hands of those who would harm our children.  The NSSF should place the safety of our communities above the profits of gun manufacturers and encourage other states and Congress to follow our model of bipartisan progress regarding gun violence, school safety, and mental health services.\”

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16 thoughts on “Senate President Pro Tempore Responds To Suit Over Gun-Control Law

  1. salt in the wound

    Really?? What exactlty did the legislature do to improve school safety and mental health issues? Where were the emergency certifications and bills concerning those issues? oh wait!! There weren’t any, but there was a Senate Bill 1160 which attacked sportsmen and law-abiding ghun owners. Do not try to play these off as common sense measures when two out of the three issues at hand were not dealt with under emergency certifications.

  2. Greg

    Yes, that’s nice, but did you follow the state’s own legal protocol to e-cert the bill? No, you didn’t. The legislature did not follow its own statutory procedures and thus you have a suit that may–may–actually have merit in striking down the law because of the arrogance in believing state law does not apply to the legislature.

    It will be the embarrassment of the century for CT if the injunction is granted given the sheer amount of grave-dancing and blood swimming done by the Democrats on gun control post-newtown over a simple, legislative technicality. LOL at you, Williams. This is the height of hubris, along with Harp or whatever her name is publically declaring “the constitutional spending cap doesn’t apply to the legislature because the legislature didn’t pass it”.

    The scary part is if–if–the suit is dismissed by the court, thus the precedent of “the legislature can pass laws without following statutory procedure” will then be etched in stone forevermore. Imagine what sheer terror can come from the smoky back rooms and passed with zero public input. Democrats too should be just as frightened law can be passed in such a manner. Then again, these little procedural loopholes are always good when it’s your guy…just like the filibuster. When the other guy uses these little tricks, it’s teh awful!!!111!!

  3. Scott

    Your know a liberal is lying when he uses the term “common sense”. Its pretty clear to anyone with more that two functioning brain cells that this did nothing to make anyone safer. Hell, even Joe “Shotgun Blast” Biden admitted it in one of his rare moments of lucidity.

  4. Kim

    “This is part of a shameful national campaign to intimidate legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, from requiring background checks and keeping weapons of war out of the hands of those who would harm our children. The NSSF should place the safety of our communities above the profits of gun manufacturers and encourage other states and Congress to follow our model of bipartisan progress regarding gun violence, school safety, and mental health services.”

    Actually, the entire Sandy Hook campaign was shameful intimidation of legislators intended to force them to follow the pack mentality and destroy our freedoms. There was nothing ‘common sense’ about anything done in the name of Sandy Hook. Further, the safety of our communities is better served by limiting government – both state and federal – and enforcing the constitution that our forefathers fought and died for. And let’s not overlook the outright lie about ‘weapons of war’.

    1. peterkuck

      Yes Kim. In the final analysis, Williams and his ilk are destroying the rule of law.

      They are our new ruling class, one set of (no) rules for them and another set of harsh laws for us. If they were not in the “government” they would be ripe for a rico suit.

  5. Fake Thomas Jefferson

    Senator Williams will have to go back on MSNBC and do some explaining to the Liberal pundits who will be livid.

  6. Jeb Potchagalloop

    “Senate Bill 1160 which attacked sportsmen and “law-abiding” gun owners.”
    __________________________________________________________

    LAW ABIDING? When the legislature passed the gun control measures, I heard so many of you pieces of sheet explaining that you would not abide by the law. Which of course would make you a future felon. So how many future felons are out there?

    Get the hell out of my state, you bums. And take yor widdle guns with you.

    1. freedom lover

      usual nonsense from the Courant troll – gun owners were law abiding until this new law made them illegal. And it did so illegally. If you had a brain you’d take it out and smoke it, billy

      1. Connecticut is circling the drain

        That one made me laugh. If billy had half a brain he’d be dangerous.

        1. Kim

          circling: he’s already dangerous – he’s allowed to vote. He’s also allowed to roam freely in public

    2. jschmidt

      your state? Maybe you should go to CHicago where they have great gun laws. Oh you’ll need a gun to survive as in most cities with strict guns laws. Malloy and the Dems did nothing to protect the schools as they are still protected by gun free zone signs.

    3. peterkuck

      Sorry, you are wrong. failing to abide by the state and federal constitutions makes our out of control legislature the criminals in this case. If we fail to follow the law then we are arrested, taken to court and punished. If the legislature fails to follow the law they are praised by the press and ideologues like you.

    4. Common_Tator

      If it really IS “your state” I want my money back! Why don’t you get some business – some JOBS – something other than KENO to raise money ??? Oh! And please FIX THE ROADS ! ! !

  7. Peter Sachs

    The President Pro Tempore and the Speaker both violated CGS Sec. 2-26. While they can pretend lie and claim that they did comply, neither can truthfully assert that they did. I challenge either to point out how they did comply with the requirements of the statute, but they won’t because they can’t.

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