Tom Foley on Gun Control After Debate

by Categorized: 2014 Election Date:

By Matthew Q. Clarida

After the Republican gubernatorial debate Thursday at The Hartford Courant headquarters, reporters asked Greenwich business executive Tom Foley to clarify his position on gun control and the bill that was signed following the deaths of 28 people in Newtown in December 2012.

Foley was asked: “Can you say simply, do you favor the restriction on large-capacity magazines and [on the] semi-automatic rifles that were affected?”

Foley responded, “Listen, what I have said is, if I had been governor at the time, the bill would have been very different. It would have focused on crime in our cities and it would have focused on the mental health issues that I think were behind the Newtown massacre, but I wasn’t governor so I don’t have to articulate and outline a bill, because I don’t have the staff to do that…”

A second veteran reporter asked, “But what do you think about the firearm provisions of the bill?”

Foley responded, “Well listen, there are a lot of people in the state of Connecticut who believe they have a fundamental right under the Constitution to own firearms and to be able to do so freely, and I think that this bill unnecessarily restricted some of the rights of lawful gun owners. So I don’t support that part of the bill, and I think that there are a lot of things that should have been included in the bill but weren’t. So I’ve been very clear on this.”

The dialogue continued:

“Tom, I just want to be clear. When you said ‘I don’t support that part of the bill,’ are you talking about the large-capacity magazine restriction?”

Foley responded, “No, I don’t support the parts of the bill that unnecessarily inconvenience lawful gun owners.”

“Can you enumerate those parts of the bill?”

Foley: “No.”

The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.