Gun Owners' Names, Addresses Could Become Public

A West Haven lawmaker has introduced a bill to make public the names of some 170,000 gun owners in Connecticut.

If you own a gun in this state your name and address could become public under a bill introduced in the General Assembly by State Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven.

Dargan filed the proposal in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that killed 20 children and 6 women on Dec. 14. His proposal would overturn a law passed in Connecticut 20 years ago that keeps private the names and addresses of gun owners.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Dargan said he wants gun ownership information to fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act in part so that parents can know whether the parents of their child's friends have guns in their homes.

"Maybe their kids are going over to Johnny Smith's, and maybe they want to see whether they have guns in the house," he told the newspaper.

Dargan's proposal follows another bill that was filed recently that seeks to limit who can own gun ammunition in Connecticut and to keep such ammunition out of the hands of felons. Gun control issues are expected to dominate the General Assembly's winter session, which formally begins next week, in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Equineone January 04, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Let me preface this by saying: I am not a gun owner, I do not like guns, and I do not believe that assault weapons and weapons capable of shooting multiple rounds should be available to non military/police personnel. But in no way do I feel that anyone who has the legal right to own a gun, should have to have their name and address part of a public data base. This is turning into a witch hunt. Most legal, registered, gun owners, are decent, law abiding, careful, responsible people. To single them out this way is inviting fear, prejudice, and making them vulnerable to home invasion, and robbery. This is a completely irresponsible bill proposal, and will hopefully be "shot" down immediately. As far as keeping ammunition out of the hands of felons, or any criminal, bills and laws are not going to matter, hello... Criminal! I'm not sure what the approach is, but I'd say, common sense really needs to prevail here. This is not a common sense proposal.
Waterford Guy January 04, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Someone should contact Rep. Stephen Dargan and ask why he is on the side of the criminals. Once the criminals know who is armed and who is not....the home invasions, murders and rapes will be much easier for them to plan.
Daniella Ruiz January 04, 2013 at 06:57 PM
as much as i dislike this idea, we all know criminals are 'evolving', many are indeed smart and 'connected' (like all the Android enabled are) and will make use of this information. the obvious illegal place to 'get a gun' is either from a street deal out of the back of a car, during a planned gun shop heist and during a home ripoff where they happen upon them. this debate of 'information in public' is being tempered by the current emotional state of the populace right after the recent Newtown event, and may not be decided rationally. sexual predators have their own special weapons that require little maintenance, but guns are physically exchangeable from one criminal to another, thus adding to their potency for risk. having the info at a local police station for personal inspection, like many pubic documents are, would be an option. disseminating them willy nilly may be too much temptation for professional criminals to avoid, but showing up at a police station to review it may make them think twice.
Ocean Breeze January 04, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Do the politicians that think having all gun owners name & addresses would have prevented the tragedy....not, because the gun owners in many of these tragedies legally owned the guns and the person(s) acting with violence/evilness weren't the owners. Time for the quick acting politicians to take a break and think about what causes these evil events and work on the issue instead of what sounds good at the moment in time.....Maybe it's time to put a Bill/Law together that allows for violent criminals to receive the same punishments or death instead of sitting in prison for 100 years sucking up tax payers money! If the crime owner is black/white then give them what they deserve - death for all killers, rapist, child molestors, etc. Show them we the people will not stand for this type of behavior !
Ocean Breeze January 04, 2013 at 07:51 PM
I meant to say if the person responsible for the crime (crime owner) is identified 100% and there is not a doubt (black/white) the punishment should be eye for an eye or death for evil crimes......
Daniella Ruiz January 04, 2013 at 09:10 PM
yep, we kinda thought that was what you meant! i agree though, the laws have 'gone soft' on too many viscious crimes, too much deal making by prosecutors to gain admissions of guilt or even simple cooperation among co-conspirators. when the 'protected class' of high level bankers, CEO's, government insiders and political wags start getting what they deserve, (in terms of jail rather than monetary payoffs) we might find a general improvement. (along with chain gangs to help cleanup the roadside litter) ;-))
wtfdrez January 05, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Someone please pinch me, I agree with Daniella....


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