Connecticut Governor Says 'Sane Laws' Needed on Gun Control

Feb 25, 2018, 01:31
Connecticut Governor Says 'Sane Laws' Needed on Gun Control

Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY, and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced the formation of the new "States for Gun Safety" coalition to combat gun violence.

The four Democrats announced the formation of "States for Gun Safety" on Thursday, about a week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said they're considering organizing the consortium through their respective state universities.

They'll be urging others to join the coalition at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting.

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One example: since the national Center for Disease Control can't study gun violence, this plan would create a regional violence research group to study the issue. All four states in the coalition, to varying degrees, use protective orders as a basis for restricting gun sales.

"All of our states are already ahead of the federal government when it comes to laws on this issue", said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Mr. David said he did not know how many guns have been seized on the basis of New York's list.

The states will also share the findings of law enforcement agencies about where illegal guns came from and how they are transported to the Northeast. It now contains the names of about 77,000 people who can't purchase a gun in NY. The states are also asking schools and higher education institutions to partner together to create the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium.

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"We want to send a powerful message to the entire country that it's possible to strengthen gun laws and save lives", said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

"Rather than wait for the federal government to come to its senses and pass responsible gun safety legislation, NY is joining with New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island to take matters into our own hands".

Similarly, New York State has a database of tens of thousands of people deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms but those names are not part of the federal database that other states would use to see if they are eligible to buy a gun.

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Cuomo described the measures recently floated in Washington, including a ban on so-called bump-stocks and an increase in the age at which teens can purchase assault rifles, as "crumbs" that would do little to curb violence. Given the inextricable link between domestic violence and lethal gun violence, this legislation will require all firearms be removed from those convicted of domestic violence crimes, including misdemeanors.

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