Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy plans to make his state the first in the nation to prevent people on terrorists watch lists from buying guns. We applaud him and hope that other governors follow his lead.
Here’s what Malloy said when he announced he would sign an executive order to make a common sense idea law.
“Like all Americans, I have been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris. They have been and should be a wake-up call to our nation. I am taking this common sense step with this executive order simply because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. If you can’t fly without clearing government watch lists, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun. Why anyone would stand idly by and knowingly allow those on government watch lists to purchase guns is truly unbelievable. Since Congress so far has failed to act, we will,”
A news release from Governor Malloy’s office details his plan.
“Pending federal approval, Governor intends to sign an executive order mandating that Connecticut State Police be required to cross-reference the names of those who wish to obtain a permit to own a firearm with the government watch lists. Those with existing permits who are found to be on those watch list would have their permits revoked, and if a new match is found, the permit would be denied and the purchaser would be unable to purchase handguns, shotguns, rifles and ammunition. Assault weapons are already outlawed in Connecticut.
The Governor is working directly with federal officials to use government watch lists for this purpose and, upon approval, will sign the executive order. He urged the U.S. Congress and other states to take action with similar commonsense steps. The Governor will work with the federal government to determine the specific lists – be it the “no-fly” list, terrorism watchlist, or some combination – used in this regard.
Among the many provisions in Governor Malloy’s 2013 gun safety legislation, the law outlaws the sale and possession of assault weapons and large capacity magazines and requires a clean record, safety training and a permit to buy rifles, shotguns and ammunition, whether from a gun store or private sale. Additionally, background checks and training are required for the purchase of all categories of guns.
The Governor has previously sent a letter to Congressional leadership encouraging them. to take action on this issue.”