The 2013 legislative session in Hartford was marked by two impressive successes:
- On February 14 — Valentine’s Day — over 5,000 supporters of sensible gun restrictions gathered on the steps of the capitol to “March for Change.” We made our voices heard, and legislators listened.
- On April 4, Governor Malloy signed a sweeping new gun bill into law. Click here to read more about the problems it addressed, and the problems it didn’t.
In place of our usual advocacy campaign, we’re asking supporters to remind Governor Malloy that we appreciate his leadership and his willingness to sign a new law limiting the firepower available to average citizens, requiring permits (and attendant background checks) for rifles and ammunition, and incentivizing safe storage. Click here to e-mail him now.
But in the long term, Connecticut’s gun laws are still far from ideal. Among other issues, criminals can still buy guns under the radar on online marketplaces; permit holders can still resell large quantities guns on the streets and report them stolen, with no follow-up or tracking; and the gun lobby is pouring money and legal counsel into three separate lawsuits aimed at the new laws passed in April 2013. In the meantime, the 2014 elections are approaching: some legislators who voted for gun sense in 2013 will be coming under fire from the gun lobby, while legislators that defied their constituents and common sense by trying to kill the gun bill will be struggling to hold onto their seats.
This coming year, we will be working to hold onto the gains we made in 2013, and to hold legislators accountable for their votes on gun violence regulations. We hope you’ll remain committed to policies that will keep our state safe. Please sign up now if you haven’t already, and consider making a donation today.