Lamont’s gun proposals receive pushback from gun advocates

Lamont’s gun proposals receive pushback from gun advocates

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal to expand Connecticut’s gun control laws received pushback Monday from some opponents who argue it’s a “kneejerk” reaction to combatting crime — a key issue in this year’s election. During a daylong public hearing on Lamont’s bill , numerous gun rights advocates and supportive state legislators argued more needs to be done to control crime in Connecticut rather than control guns in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. “I have no disrespect for Governor Lamont, but it’s a crime. And it’s not a knee-jerk reaction regarding guns,” said Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield. “The only people that would end up getting caught in a lot of these measures are the law-abiding citizens of the state of Connecticut.” Lamont, who is seeking a second term in November, unveiled a package of legislative proposals last month that he maintains will help eliminate gun violence in state he contends remains “one of the safest” in the nation. While there’s additional money in his plan to reestablish a state/federal gun-tracing task force to stop the flow of illegal weapons into Connecticut and to train additional police officers, gun rights advocates complained Monday that the bulk of the legislation is more gun control laws. Lamont has called for expanding the state’s assault weapons ban; requiring pre-2019 untraceable “ghost guns” to be registered; requiring all firearms, not just pistols and revolvers, to be sold with a trigger lock; making it easier for police to request […]

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