DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- Governor Malloy took big steps today to push through new gun laws in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown. The governor says he's not waiting for federal gun legislation and that changes need to be made right away but not everyone is on board.
Pro-gun advocates say the governors ideas won't do anything to prevent mass shootings and will only take away the rights of law abiding citizens.
Frustrated with the pace of the legislature's bi-partisan gun control task force, Governor Dannel malloy came up with his own proposals.
Some include universal background checks and a ban on amunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.
Connecticut residents who already own high capacity magazines would have until October 1 to sell them out of state or turn them over to local law enforcement.
Malloy also wants a low to expand the definition of assault weapons to include any semi automatic guns.
"Those are simply common sense approaches to a very complex issue where I think that there will be overwhelming understanding and agreement in the state of Connecticut," said Gov. Malloy.
"His proposal is ridiculous. Everything on there is unconsitutitional," said Rich Burgess the President of Connecticut Carry.
Burgess describes it as a "pro rights to self-defense" organization in favor of gun ownership. That includes high capacity magazines and they do not want the governor taking them away.
"Basically what he's proposing is confiscation. He says he's against violence, and yet he is going to send men with guns to collect your magazines. I mean that's what it is. You can't just say, 'well everyone is going to turn it in,' because certainly not a lot of people are going to turn it in," said Burgess.
Malloy's proposal comes the same day Vice President Biden was in Connecticut for a gun violence conference.
Speakers included families of Sandy Hook victims like Lynn and Chris McDonnell, the parents of Grace.
"We ask that our representatives really look in to their hearts and remember the 26 beautiful lives that we lost," said Lynn McDonnell.
But Burgess say the governor's proposals won't prevent tragedies like Newtown.
"The issue there wasn't large magazines, it wasn't safe storage, these issues were of a knowing mental illness in a family not being treated correctly," said Burgess.
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jimbo | February 23 2013 4:01pm
I wish I had a nickel for the number of times I heard that they are not going to try and take anything away. In other news "Conn.'s Malloy appointed to Council of Governors", boy I wonder if this had anything to do with the timing of his new push for gun control? At the Biden meeting that is. Seems like he is more concerned with fed government than his own state. Time to vote this fraud out of office.
SherriJane | February 22 2013 6:23am
I guess if your gun only holds 8 bullets then it won't kill anyone. This is only the beginning of stupid rhetoric from these gun control nuts who know nothing about guns in the first place. And for this we needed Joe biden to make a big hoopla in CT. How disgusting can they all get?
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