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Gun Owners' Names, Addresses Could Become Public

A West Haven lawmaker has introduced a bill to make public the names of some 170,000 gun owners in Connecticut.

 

If you own a gun in Connecticut your name and address could become public under a bill introduced in the General Assembly by State Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven.

Dargan filed the proposal in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 20 children and 6 women on Dec. 14. His proposal would overturn a law passed in Connecticut 20 years ago that keeps private the names and addresses of gun owners.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Dargan said he wants gun ownership information to fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act in part so that parents can know whether the parents of their child's friends have guns in their homes.

"Maybe their kids are going over to Johnny Smith's, and maybe they want to see whether they have guns in the house," he told the newspaper.

Dargan's proposal follows another bill that was filed recently that seeks to limit who can own gun ammunition in Connecticut and to keep such ammunition out of the hands of felons. Gun control issues are expected to dominate the General Assembly's winter session, which formally begins next week, in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

concerned January 04, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Here we go again, making laws on emotion. So the law abiding citizens who do not cause harm to society are going to have their names and addresses published? How will this stop criminals who obtain weapons illegally going to be stopped? We need to vote for people who introduce legislation on intelligence not emotions. Maybe we should also publish the names and addresses of all people taking prescription medication so the parents will be informed if Johnny Smith's parents have prescription drugs in their home, or for people attending alcoholics anonymous so their children don't go to Johnny Smith's home . Get real America.
Jaclyn Farnham January 05, 2013 at 03:45 PM
On this issue, I wonder if the police already have access to that info. I don't think this should be public info., but I do think the police should have access. I heard one TV reporter say if your sending your kid over someone's house and you want to know if their are guns in the house, this would be a resource. If the police had access to the info., and you were a concerned parent, couldn't you call the police non-emergency to ask? Or perhaps a different system for putting in a request for info.?
Harry January 05, 2013 at 04:44 PM
This is a great idea, NOT. All this does is give criminals soft targets, giving them the knowledge which homes they won't get shot in OR which homes they can steal a gun from. Liberalism idiocy at its finest When do liberals post the name of everyone on mental illness medication, names of women who had abortions What's next, names of smokers or people who use more electricity than others??
T. R January 08, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I'm more concerned about the people who have guns that are NOT registered

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