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Malloy Demands Info From Gun Manufacturers

by Hugh McQuaid | Jun 2, 2014 4:46pm
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy added his name Monday to a list of public and religious leaders demanding information on what gun manufacturers are doing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

The request for information asks what policies gun makers have in place regarding selling weapons to retailers who who have sold guns used to commit crimes, and whether they are willing to buy back unsold weapons. The group is also seeking information on what manufacturers are doing to develop “smart gun technology,” or weapons that won’t fire unless they’re in the hands of their owners.

In making the request, Malloy joins several religious organizations and municipal leaders, including Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau.

Public entities like police departments make up a large share of firearm purchases. The hope is to use market pressure to promote responsible practices within the gun industry, according to a press release from Malloy’s office.

“For a generation, we’ve been hearing that it’s not guns that kill people, it’s people that kill people,” Malloy said. “If that’s the case, then the gun industry has an obligation to tell us what they’re doing to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”

In a statement, the National Shooting Sports Foundation listed several programs it operates to promote gun safety and to discourage illegal straw purchasing of guns.

But the group, which is a firearm industry trade organization, questioned why the governor did not reach out to the state’s gun manufacturers directly and chose instead to pose the questions in a press release in advance of a roundtable discussion scheduled for Monday evening in Milford.

“We rather suspect that the Governor sees a political advantage in publicly sparring with the firearms industry, rather than really bringing us into a conversation,” the NSSF statement reads.

The group said it formally requested a meeting with Emergency Services and Public Protection Commission Dora Schriro in April, but the agency did not respond. Although gun manufacturers were looking to discuss the rollout of the state’s new firearm regulations, the group said public safety policies could also have been discussed.

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posted by: Joebigjoe | June 2, 2014  6:32pm

Just ignorant.

“The group is also seeking information on what manufacturers are doing to develop “smart gun technology,” or weapons that won’t fire unless in the hands of their owners”

So you have a hypothetical husband and wife. The husband travels overnight. One night there is an intruder so the wife goes into the gun safe and gets the handgun. The intruder comes in for the attack and the wife points the gun and NOTHING.

She didn’t have on her bracelet that tells the gun that’s its her. Or…maybe she and her husband had to buy separate guns because the bracelets are for specific guns so they each need a bracelet for their own guns and she grabbed his in her panicked state of mind.

People will walk around with bracelets on identifying them as gun owners/carriers. Kind of brings back the evil branding that took place of innocent people in world history.

Lets’ identify the law abiding citizen but heaven forbid we make a sex offender have to walk around identifying themselves.

Just ignorant people out there with the real world application of so called smart gun technology.

posted by: JH_1 | June 2, 2014  7:12pm

Wait…. I thought the gun law passed last year was supposed to keep everyone safe? 


Now Malloy is demanding to know what the gun industry is doing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals?  Isn’t that what SB 1160 was supposed to help do? 


Looks like Malloy is just trying to rile up his base in an election year.  Typical Malloy move.  Everything is all about politics all the time.

posted by: JH_1 | June 2, 2014  8:13pm

One additional thought on this.  In my opinion, by Malloy making these demands of the gun industry, he is de-legitimizing the law passed last year.  If he’s demanding the gun industry provide information on what they are doing to keep guns out of the wrong hands, then that tells me he doesn’t believe the law they passed last year will keep guns out of the wrong hands.

posted by: Art Vandelay | June 2, 2014  10:29pm

Let’s face facts.  The only way government is going to get guns out of the hands of the private citizens is to pass legislation confiscating ALL firearms.  Citizens would have 30 days to turn in their guns or face lifetime imprisonment, no questions asked.  This would take abolishing the 2nd Amendment.  It would never happen. Russia did this in 1917 and Germany in 1933.  Is this what we want in America.  The left would love it I’m sure.  I never owned a gun and have no desire to, but I do respect the 2nd Amendment.

posted by: GBear423 | June 3, 2014  4:03am

GBear423

This is going the way of tobacco, they will beat this down until it is no longer profitable for companies to sell to private consumers. (more) Taxes will rise and (more) red tape and (more) fees and hoops to jump for the citizens… In time the 2nd Amendment will only be honored in the Red States.

posted by: shinningstars122 | June 3, 2014  5:32am

shinningstars122

There is nothing unreasonable for the public to ask these questions of the gun manufactures.

We expect nothing less from other industries such as when there is a food recall, an accident, or a product defect.

Many companies in a variety of industries have standards that retailers must follow to sell their products.

It would only make gun manufactures better corporate citizens if they weeded out retailers that have questionable business practices or are in violation of the law.

posted by: dano860 | June 3, 2014  8:01am

Political placating of the unknowing. He will never have to worry about his horse nipping anyone, it is too high. This guy comes off as an empty suit that once again is choosing the business climate for the State. He is chasing the remaining few right to the border.
He thinks manufacturers need to buy back unsold firearms? So dealers can keep nothing in stock? There goes another industry!
The police buy firearms, yup. He thinks threatening the manufacturers with a no purchase order will make them grovel, heck just don’t sell them any. The crooks and thugs they can’t catch now will still have theirs. There are thousands of police in other States.
This isn’t a firearm issue, like the ‘war on drugs’ it’s a failure of our police and judicial system. Wasn’t it Dannel, as a lawyer, that used to get the same thugs, gang bangers and shooters free?
This DEMAND makes as much sense as trading the Taliban 5 for a sympathizer deserter that didn’t want to be brought home.
These religious leaders know that their own won’t turn over the thugs, they know who the problems are, they know that 54% of the inner city youth are unemployed and come from a single parent home but they still prefer to attack the law abiding citizens and business community.
Don’t attack the real problem, create a new one.

posted by: bob8/57 | June 3, 2014  8:41am

bob8/57

Once again Malloy has the death industry squirming. Four more years!

posted by: Nutmeg87 | June 3, 2014  9:37am

Unbelieveable….
Shouldnt this knucklehead have done this as part of a vetting & education process PRIOR to his midnight rush to pass this ridiculous new set of law thats does NOTHING for public safety…  He was an empty shirt as mayor for Stamford and nothing has changed…  This guy had offered in writing $Millions of tax credits for an “assault weapons” mfg to move to CT as Sandy Hook occurred (BTW - he reneged - ask the education folks about Malloy & renegging)...

Can anyboy set aside all the anecdotes and personal feeling and focus on what good legislation should do?  CA has much tougher laws than CT and this guy legally buys (vetted through all the FBI checks) and legally registered his guns…  STILL HAPPENED JUST AS another knucklehead, Blumenthal is yakking his mouth about gun checks…

What nobody focuses on is the fact he was mentally unstable…  Seeing a medical professional for depression or autism (depends on who who believe - mother or father)... 

Gun companies CAN NOT regulate, prevent, or miraculously determine who is mentally disturbed, who is on drugs (legally or illegally), who is a gangster, organized crime soldier, burgular or all around scumbag THAT WILL GET A GUN ILLEGALLY…  Are you going to ask Pfizer, J&J, Merck about who’s taking their drugs (oh…  the liberals call that impingement of privacy - or worse discrimination)...  Or are you going to blame GM, Ford & Chrysler for all the drunken driving accidents, or how about Budweiser (oh yeah…  a european company owns and i’m sure we all want prohibition back (I’m sure Al Capone is smiling in his grave)...

I dont see Malloy demanding anything from GM after they sold faulty (knowingly) ignition systems that caused more deaths than Sandy Hook (or thats not his problem because they are not voters in CT)...

Shiningstars - An all-encompassing conversation from all (mfg,law enforcement, govt,  sportsmen,NRA, MAGV, et al) should have been done PRIOR to the MIDNIGHT, No Debate, hundreds of pages & legislators had only hour to read “Emergency Bill”...  Your response “There is nothing unreasonable for the public to ask these questions of the gun manufactures” is reasonable - BUT YOUVE HAD SINCE SAMUEL COLT in Hartford made a gun for the masses to ask…  And people have been asking…  Nothing new…  So why is it unreasonable for our legislators to do the same? 

Hey back then Colt’s six-shooter would be considered an “assault weapon” since it was conventional to reload every shot…  The Constitution state didnt label it “illegal” and “why would anyone not in military need it” - It was proclaimed as the gun that won the West… And the Malloy administration wants to proclaim Colt’s factory grounds sacred as a historic landmark… Shouldnt he “DEMAND” to them BEFORE pandering for votes and celebrating the “historic significance” of Colt ???  How funny things change with politics…

posted by: Noteworthy | June 3, 2014  9:42am

Malloy “demands” to know what gun manufacturers are doing to curb illegal sales and violence.

That’s like asking a car manufacturer what they’re doing about drunk driving, or speeders, or aggressive drivers.

This is a law enforcement issue and they should be focused on preventing the illegal sale of guns, the trafficking of guns and if there needs to be more laws about that, then it is the governor who should be proposing them. In the meantime, he should demand along with the mayors and first selectmen who are shallow enough to sign on this, to manage their police forces and enhance regional cooperation to get the job done. 

Enhancing the misery index for legal gun owners and legal manufacturers is hardly the answer nor the spirit in which an answer will be found.

posted by: Just Saying | June 3, 2014  10:11am

shinningstars122 “There is nothing unreasonable for the public to ask these questions of the gun manufactures.”

Really, do we ask the liquor industry what is doing to curb alcoholism? Do we ask the auto industry what they are doing to prevent teen deaths in accidents? Do we ask the rope industry what they are doing about suicide by hanging? Do we ask the beer industry what they are doing about drunk driving? Do we ask big pharma what they are doing about overdoses? Do we ask the casinos what they are doing to curb gambling addiction?

Let’s not be stupid here. This is purely political on Malloy’s part. Take a shot at the big bad gun industry. What a hollow politician he is. Very sad.

posted by: Greg | June 3, 2014  10:57am

Odd, VT and NH don’t have this problem, with their low crime rates and lax gun laws.  Nobody—SS included—seems to want to respond to why our fellow New Englanders don’t have the problems, nor the gun laws, that CT has.

posted by: One and Done | June 3, 2014  1:08pm

Not satisfied with running every single gun maker out of the state, it seems Malloy is going to work on the stores now. Meanwhile local judges have been consistently reducing bail and charges on illegal gun arrests even after Newtown. But that’s not a problem for the Governor I suppose.

posted by: dano860 | June 3, 2014  9:08pm

The N.H Register story just above this one is about the Ct. Leaders Calling for Changes from Gun Makers. They took their name from the bible, don’t stand by idly as your neighbors blood is spilled. My reading of this is that it means to go after the bad guys, not the people earning an honest living while providing jobs and livelihood for others.
At the bottom of that story the results of a robbery/ murder conviction are reported. The getaway driver gets 12 1/2 years min. The shooter got 25 years min.
I wish that same group took to another portion of the bible, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, to heart. Of course they dropped that in Ct. as it seems to be cruel or unusual, not to unusual to the bangers but anyway we can’t step up ,anymore, and do the right thing. Let’s just house them at great expense to all the law abiding citizens.
They are still robbing us of our tax dollars.