Task Force Recommendations

Well, it appears the  Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence is not very bipartisan. At today’s meeting the Republicans and the Democrats each released their own competing recommendations.

The Republican list:

  • Universal Background Checks
  • Eligibility Certificate, Including Finger Prints and Completion of a Firearms Safety Course to Purchase Any Long Gun
  • Increase Purchase Age to 21 for Certain Long Guns (centerfire rifles that accept mags over 10rnds)
  • Require a Permit, Eligibility Certificate, or Hunting License to Purchase Ammo or Mags
  • Require a Permit, Eligibility Certificate, or Hunting License to Purchase Ammo Online
  • Replace 1 Public Member of the Firearms Examiners Board With a Mental Health Professional
  • Stricter Mental Health Look-backs
  • Expand Safe Storage Laws to Include All Prohibited Persons, Not Just Minors
  • Prohibition of Applications for Permits to Carry a Pistol From Any Jurisdiction Other than the Applicant’s Residence
  • No Early Release For Gun Crimes
  • Statewide Deadly Weapon Offender Registry
  • Require Municipal Permits for Gun Shows
  • Ban the Sale of Armor Piercing and Incendiary Bullets
  • Reconstitute the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force
  • Increase Penalties for Firearms Trafficking and Straw Purchasing

The Democrat list:

  • Expand the definition of “assault weapon” to include 1 evil feature instead of 2
  • Require all grandfathered “assault” weapons to be registered with state
  • Ban all magazines over 10 rounds, with no grandfather clause
  • Require a permit to purchase a rifle or shotgun
  • Require a “universal” background check and DESPP approval for every sale and transfer of a firearm, including the private sale or transfer of a rifle or shotgun
  • Require, for the purchase of any ammunition, presentation of either a permit to carry a pistol or revolver or the new rifle or shotgun permit
  • Establish a statewide deadly weapon offender registry
  • Strengthen laws regarding firearms trafficking and straw purchases
  • Prohibit individuals from purchasing more than one pistol or revolver within a 30-day period
  • Expand the scope of and strengthen penalties under 53-202aa for firearms trafficking, including imposing a “mandatory minimum” fine of $10,000
  • Lower standards for the determination of a permit applicant’s “suitability” to carry a pistol or revolver
  • Specify that individuals prohibited from possessing or purchasing firearms are also prohibited from possessing or purchasing ammunition
  • Expand firearm safe storage requirements
  • Limit firearm permit applications to one per year in the town of residence
  • Increase the involuntary commitment look back period from 12 months to five years
  • Increase the fee for permits to carry a pistol or revolver
  • Require permits for gun shows
  • Eliminate or reconstitute the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
  • Ban the sale of all armor piercing bullets
  • Eliminate the future issuance of eligibility certificates for pistols or revolvers
  • Repeal the hunting license exemption for the two week waiting period for long gun purchases
  • Prohibit the sale by dealers of handguns other than “personalized” handguns after they become commercially available
  • Prohibit the carrying of firearms into licensed day care facilities
  • Prohibit the carrying of firearms into the private residence of another or a house of worship, without permission

15 thoughts on “Task Force Recommendations

  1. Truly madness on the part of the Democrats. CCDL will need to consider the raising of a large legal fund from members and others to begin the task of fighting this madness. Most of the democratic list is against legal firearms owners, hunters and target shooters and has very little in it to prevent the criminal element from continuing its lawlessness. Political action against the promoters of these obscene bills is another way we must organize if we are to prevail.

  2. Looks like law abiding gun owners are being punished again not one of those recommendations will stop another sandy hook.

  3. I am shocked that on the Democrats list there is no mention of mental health!

  4. “prohibit firearm to day care centers, or a house of worship” Lets open MORE doors so that criminals know that citizens are disarmed! “Increase the fee of permits”… How does this help the public be protected by the criminal element? Democrats are so out of touch with reality. The one is the best: “Expand the definition of “assault weapon” to include 1 evil feature instead of 2″.. by that asumption, an inaminate object is viewed as “evil” instead of the evil that exists in the hearts and minds that intent to do us harm.

  5. Political grandstanding is all we get from Hartford. They don’t know an assault weapon from a slingshot. That poor man fron Newtown who lost his son said it best “we don’t need new gun laws, we just have to do a better job of enforcing the laws we already have”.

  6. all ct gunowners should join CCDL-J Hardy does an excellent job for us all.

  7. Let’s go through the Republican proposals one by one. Please note that my comments are focused solely on Newtown, the alleged reason for these changes, not whether they make sense in general. Some do make obvious sense, and one or two I love.

    - Universal Background Checks; Would they have prevented Newtown? Nope.

    - Eligibility Certificate, Including Finger Prints and Completion of a Firearms Safety Course to Purchase Any Long Gun; Would this have stopped Newtown? No, again…

    - Increase Purchase Age to 21 for Certain Long Guns (centerfire rifles that accept mags over 10rnds); Again, would not have stopped Newtown.

    - Require a Permit, Eligibility Certificate, or Hunting License to Purchase Ammo or Mags; Again, nothing to prevent Newtown.

    - Require a Permit, Eligibility Certificate, or Hunting License to Purchase Ammo Online; Detecting a theme? Still nothing that would have stopped Newtown.

    - Replace 1 Public Member of the Firearms Examiners Board With a Mental Health Professional; Nope, still would have happened.

    - Stricter Mental Health Look-backs; Again, would not have prevented Newtown.

    - Expand Safe Storage Laws to Include All Prohibited Persons, Not Just Minors; OK, finally we have something that might well have had an impact in preventing the tragedy.

    - Prohibition of Applications for Permits to Carry a Pistol From Any Jurisdiction Other than the Applicant’s Residence; Nope, would not have prevented it. The steak ends at one.

    - No Early Release For Gun Crimes. Again, does not impact Newtown.

    - Statewide Deadly Weapon Offender Registry; This is getting silly, would not have prevented it.

    - Require Municipal Permits for Gun Shows; Nope, Newtown had nothing to do with a renegade gun show.

    - Ban the Sale of Armor Piercing and Incendiary Bullets; Newtown still would have occurred with this law.

    - Reconstitute the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force; Still would have happened.

    - Increase Penalties for Firearms Trafficking and Straw Purchasing; Would not have prevented Newtown.

  8. Let’s go through the Democratic proposals one by one.

    - Expand the definition of “assault weapon” to include 1 evil feature instead of 2; This would not have done anything to prevent the Newtown shootings. The Bushmaster would have simply had an alternative to the pistol grip. They already make them for California. The AR lives.

    - Require all grandfathered “assault” weapons to be registered with state; Registration of Lanza’s Bushmaster would not have prevented that tragedy.

    - Ban all magazines over 10 rounds, with no grandfather clause; This is just stupid warmed over. NO, it would not have stopped the killings, or even resulted in fewer bodies. The largest school shooting ever, at Virginia Tech used magazines of no more than 10 rounds, and that was against adults who could actually fight back.

    - Require a permit to purchase a rifle or shotgun; Lanza’s Mom had a permit, that is how she was able to buy the handguns. So no prevention at all.

    - Require a “universal” background check and DESPP approval for every sale and transfer of a firearm, including the private sale or transfer of a rifle or shotgun; Same as the Republican background checks, they would not have stopped Newtown.

    - Require, for the purchase of any ammunition, presentation of either a permit to carry a pistol or revolver or the new rifle or shotgun permit; Again, nothing to prevent Newtown.

    - Establish a statewide deadly weapon offender registry; Isn’t this what a felony record is supposed to be? Come on, doesn’t stop a single crime, mush less Newtown.

    - Strengthen laws regarding firearms trafficking and straw purchases; Nothing to do with Newtown, would not have stopped it.

    - Prohibit individuals from purchasing more than one pistol or revolver within a 30-day period; This would not have stopped Lanza on tiny bit.

    - Expand the scope of and strengthen penalties under 53-202aa for firearms trafficking, including imposing a “mandatory minimum” fine of $10,000; Would not have prevented Newtown.

    - Lower standards for the determination of a permit applicant’s “suitability” to carry a pistol or revolver; Unless this means they can deny a person their rights, simply because they don’t want to, it would not have prevented Newtown.

    - Specify that individuals prohibited from possessing or purchasing firearms are also prohibited from possessing or purchasing ammunition; Lanza still kills those kids.

    - Expand firearm safe storage requirements; Finally, ding, ding, ding. One proposal that might have stopped Newtown.

    - Limit firearm permit applications to one per year in the town of residence; No, nothing to do with Newtown.

    - Increase the involuntary commitment look back period from 12 months to five years; Newtown would still have happened.

    - Increase the fee for permits to carry a pistol or revolver; This is just disgraceful. Only a Progressive would be so obtuse as to believe that charging people money would prevent crime.

    - Require permits for gun shows; I was unaware that a gun show killed those kids. Fail!

    - Eliminate or reconstitute the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners; Nothing to do with Newtown.

    - Ban the sale of all armor piercing bullets; Where the kids wearing body armor? Not only does this not prevent Newtown, but frankly, I would rather be shot by armor piercing rounds, than hollow points.

    - Eliminate the future issuance of eligibility certificates for pistols or revolvers; Does not prevent Newtown.

    - Repeal the hunting license exemption for the two week waiting period for long gun purchases; Newtown still happens.

    - Prohibit the sale by dealers of handguns other than “personalized” handguns after they become commercially available; This is a joke. Those children still die.

    - Prohibit the carrying of firearms into licensed day care facilities; Pretty sure it was already illegal for him to carry those guns into Sandy Hook. So no impact.

    - Prohibit the carrying of firearms into the private residence of another or a house of worship, without permission; Does nothing to prevent Newtown.

  9. These proposals are the perfect reason to STOP DRINKING THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY!

  10. There is a certain irony in the change to the Assault weapons language. It would seem that this law would actually increase the number of “Assault Weapons” as currently defined under today’s law.

    For years, people have been paying a significant premium to buy pre-ban ARs, to be able to have all the ‘features’ that the AR had prior to the 1994 ban. Since 1994 all rifles have been limited to one of those features on the list. This new proposal would seem to push them all into the same category, allowing all of the features on the newer rifles.

    If the state honestly believes that these features make ARs more lethal, then they will be putting more rifles with multiple features onto the streets. idiots.

  11. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
    2nd Amendment”

    Ban the assault on assault weapons.

    “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. (Thomas Jefferson).

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

    A new national study says 73% of the population fear our government.
    Let’s totally defeat Hartford’s plans to abridge our 2nd Amendment rights.

    That can only take place if we use every legal and peaceful tool available to us in the law to defeat these measures.

    It can be lawsuits against the State.
    It can be forcing Amendment to the State Constitution to protect our rights and eliminate legislation that reduces or eliminates our rights.
    It can be enacting recall legislation by Constitutional Amendment in Connecticut.
    It can be by enormous public relations efforts or door to door campaigns.
    It can be by writing to your local newspaper editor again and again and again.
    It can be by calling and calling and calling your State and Federal legislators to state your position on the 2nd Amendment.

    “All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty.” (Gen. George S. Patton)

    We are in a battle, a battle to protect our freedom, our liberty and free speech but most important, our Constitution and the 2nd Amendment. Once the State starts to chip away at our rights, it is just the beginning of a long slippery sloop to the end of the country we all love and the rights we cherish. The rights that hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions have sacraficed their lives to protect and defend.

    Make this effort by the State to abridge our rights a call to battle.

    Gregg R. Nolan

  12. since they now have 2 proposals … they’ll have to work to produce a single one before sharkey will sign an e-cert bill …

  13. “Come and take it” (MOLON LABE) – Leonidas to Xerxes
    At Thermopylae – a battle of 1,400 verses 300,000

    The Battle of Thermopylae (pron.: /θərˈmɒpɨliː/ thər-MOP-i-lee; Greek: Μάχη τῶν Θερμοπυλῶν, Machē tōn Thermopylōn) was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days, during the second Persian invasion of Greece. It took place simultaneously with the naval battle at Artemisium, in August or September 480 BC, at the narrow coastal pass of Thermopylae (‘The Hot Gates’). The Persian invasion was a delayed response to the defeat of the first Persian invasion of Greece, which had been ended by the Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC. Xerxes had amassed a huge army and navy, and set out to conquer all of Greece. The Athenian general Themistocles had proposed that the allied Greeks block the advance of the Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae, and simultaneously block the Persian navy at the Straits of Artemisium.
    A Greek force of approximately 7,000 men marched north to block the pass in the summer of 480 BC. The Persian army, alleged by the ancient sources to have numbered over one million but today considered to have been much smaller (various figures are given by scholars ranging between about 100,000 and 300,000),[7][8] arrived at the pass in late August or early September. The vastly outnumbered Greeks held off the Persians for seven days (including three of battle) before the rear-guard was annihilated in one of history’s most famous last stands. During two full days of battle the small force led by King Leonidas I of Sparta blocked the only road by which the massive Persian army could pass. After the second day of battle a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing a small path that led behind the Greek lines. Leonidas, aware that his force was being outflanked, dismissed the bulk of the Greek army and remained to guard the rear with 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, 400 Thebans and perhaps a few hundred others, most of whom were killed.