State Rep. Gerry Fox, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence Prevention And Children’s Safety, will hold a press conference with CT Against Gun Violence Executive Director Ron Pinciaro Tuesday. A coalition of leaders from various groups and religious organizations will announce support for the advocacy group\’s legislative agenda. CT Against Gun Violence has requested legislation that does the following:
- Strengthens our assault weapons ban with a focus on improving current list and
strengthening functionality features; apply “one military feature” test to
definition of assault weapons. Bans possession and sale. Existing weapons must
be destroyed, turned in to law enforcement, or shipped or sold out of state.
- Bans large capacity ammunition magazines of more than 7 rounds. Existing
magazines must be destroyed, turned in to law enforcement, or shipped or sold
out of state.
- Requires universal background checks on ALL sales and transfers, including long
- Requires registration of all handguns with annual renewal, including updated
background check; stipulation that all handguns are still in the possession of
original purchaser or transferee; explanation for any handgun not being in their
possession. Require safety inspection every three years. Fee on initial
registration and renewal to mitigate expense.
- Make gun owners liable for negligent storage if any person gains access to
firearms and injures himself or another person or causes damage to property.
The violation would be a Class D felony.
- Requires a permit to purchase and carry all guns, including long guns, and to
- Restricts handgun sales to one gun/month.
According to a CT Against Gun Violence press release, over 330 clergy and over 40 organizations support this agenda. A full list naming these organizations will be distributed at the press conference, held at 11:00 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building.