CAGV Endorsements for the Primaries

CAGV Endorses William Tong (Attorney General) and Matt Lesser (State Senate 9th District) in Primary Elections

CAGV has endorsed State Representative William Tong for CT Attorney General and Representative Matt Lesser for State Senate in the 9th District for the primary elections on August 14, 2018. The endorsements recognize candidates running in primaries who CAGV believes will be true leaders in advocating and taking action to promote and pass common-sense gun laws if elected—and have already distinguished themselves with a history of championing gun violence prevention legislation as central to their agenda and core beliefs.




Running for Attorney General






Running for State Senate, 9th District




Candidates’ positions on gun laws will be an important factor for voters in the upcoming fall elections—especially among youth. According to a recent Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics poll, among 18-29 year olds who say they will definitely vote, 77 percent consider gun regulation an important factor in determining their vote. According to a Quinnipiac national poll, gun policy is one of the top five issues voters of all ages will consider when deciding how to vote.

CAGV endorsements for candidates running in primaries were made using responses to the CAGV Candidate Questionnaire about Gun Laws and, if the candidate is an incumbent, his or her General Assembly legislative record. Also considered are candidate interviews, public statements, testimony, appearances at public events and press conferences and remarks made to gun violence prevention and gun rights advocacy organizations.

CAGV is continuing the process of grading candidates. After the primaries it will publish candidate grades and will make additional endorsements for the general election.



Please mark your calendar for November 1!

World Premier of Thousand Pines
at the Westport Country Playhouse

A Special Performance to Benefit CAGV

Nothing feels the same since the day Thousand Pines Junior High School was on every news channel. Six months after a student brought a gun to school to kill his classmates, the families of the children who died struggle with their need for answers and closure. This important and riveting new drama brings the national dialogue about school shootings to the Westport Country Playhouse stage in a special performance to support the work of CT Against Gun Violence.

Please click here if you would like to receive notices about tickets and a by invitation only reception at the Playhouse the night of the performance on November 1.


Your victory! Governor Malloy signs bump stock ban.

Today we thank Governor Malloy for signing into law H.B. 5542, the bill to ban bump stocks in Connecticut. The Governor has been a committed leader for tough gun laws. We also extend our thanks to the 140 legislators who voted “yes” to help avoid the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. But it was your advocacy that made today’s victory possible; thank you for the concerted outreach to legislators and your presence at the capitol over the past four months.

While the bill passed on a bipartisan vote, your actions made that possible and it allowed us to stand firm as opponents attempted to weaken the ban. We didn’t let that happen, so as of October 1 anyone who owns a bump stock in Connecticut must destroy it, relinquish it to law enforcement or take it out of state. Connecticut’s ban covers any device intended to make semi-automatic firearms operate as machine guns, protecting us against future attempts to circumvent the National Firearms Act of 1934 that to this day tightly regulates ownership of machine guns.

Click to see the House and Senate  tallies to see how your legislator voted. If you haven’t already done so, thank your legislators for voting yes or take them to task for opposing the ban. Click here to find your legislator.

With the help of legislative leadership we also defeated two bad bills: H.B. 5538 to issue lifetime ammunition permits and H.B. 5539 to allow firearms in state parks. Both bills were voted favorably out of committee on near-party line votes, but neither received floor votes in the House or Senate. It just goes to show that there is a dedicated, not insignificant, faction in the legislature favoring weaker gun laws.

Although we had the votes to pass H.B. 5540, the bill to regulate ghost guns, in the end the legislature ran out of time. Even when there is majority support, gun bills are controversial and the debates take a lot of floor time.

Our next opportunity to strengthen and protect common-sense gun regulation in Connecticut will be the election this fall. Every one of the 187 state House and Senate seats and all the statewide offices will be on the ballot. A strong turnout of gun violence prevention advocates on November 6 is essential to elect candidates who support our agenda.