Connecticut legislators passed new gun regulations yesterday, even though the state has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.
Now, in order to purchase a rifle, handgun or even ammo, Connecticut citizens have to show an eligibility certificate:
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican whose district includes Newtown, called the proposal “the most comprehensive package in the country because of its breadth”.
It would create a registry of weapons offenders and require a new state eligibility certificate for the purchase a rifle, shotgun or ammunition.
Such a certificate would be issued after the buyer was fingerprinted, took a firearms training course and passed both a criminal background check and checks to see whether the person had been committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Criminal background checks would now be required of all prospective gun purchasers. Currently, federal law exempts so-called private transactions, which can include online sales and sales at gun shows.
In additional to proposals directly related to guns, Mr McKinney said there was also “a lot here underneath the surface” addressing mental health, school security and other issues.
In a compromise, legislators did not ban existing ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. Instead, already purchased high-capacity magazines will have to be registered.
I’m trying to figure out which of these would have stopped Adam Lanza from getting his hands on the guns he used to kill those children.
They were his mother’s weapons. She could have jumped through all of these hoops, giving Lanza the same access he had before.
Does this really prevent anything or is it yet another attempt by legislators to be doing “something” to address the problem?