Nearly 300 of our supporters took time off on a beautiful autumn Saturday to come to Wesleyan University to celebrate our accomplishments this year and to talk about next steps as we continue to work together to make our communities, our families and our children safe from gun violence.
This recent NY Times article highlights the dangers of keeping loaded firearms in the home, and states that the number of deaths reported as unintentional (“accidental”) could be significantly under-reported.
Since 1999, Connecticut law has provided strict liability for failure to secure a loaded firearm from a juvenile (under 16). The legislation that passed this year expanded this liability to prohibit access to loaded firearms by any resident of the premises who is ineligible to possess a firearm, or who poses a poses a risk of imminent personal injury to himself, herself, or others.
“Past the oil painting of Ronald Reagan and the picture windows with views of the barges churning up the Mississippi, a group of gun-rights activists is going back to school. The class filing into a conference room for a lecture on the constitutional right to bear arms is mostly older, nearly all white, and filled with freedom-loving fervor.”
The NRA holds seminars for college students and other youth to learn the facts and fallacies of the gun debate — as defined by the NRA, of course. Read the full article from Time Magazine. (“Inside NRA University: The Gun Group Takes Supporters to School.”)
Some news sources have erroneously reported that Connecticut has a “limited” Stand Your Ground law.
Connecticut does not have a Stand Your Ground law. However, Connecticut DOES have a “Castle Doctrine” law (based on the concept that a man’s home is his castle).