There are many ways to support gun violence prevention, but most important for CAGV is to stay focused on our mission of making Connecticut the safest state in the nation from gun violence.
The laws we’ve worked hard to pass in Connecticut could have prevented the Parkland shooting, or at least lowered the death toll:
- The AR-15 assault weapon and high capacity magazines used by the shooter are banned in Connecticut.
- Permits to carry firearms in Connecticut require approval of the town’s chief of police, which would not have been granted given the shooter’s history.
- A powerful tool to prevent mass shootings is our Gun Violence Prevention Order (GVPO) that offers a fair, legal process for law enforcement to remove guns from those who are at imminent risk of harm to themselves or others.
But there is more to do in Connecticut, for which we need your help. Public hearings will soon be held to consider bans on ghost guns and bump stocks. Ghost guns are essentially do-it-yourself kits, available on the Internet, to make firearms at homes—including the AR 15—while evading state and federal gun laws. Bump stocks dramatically increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms, allowing assault weapons to practically operate as machine guns.
While progress at the federal level is thwarted by Congressional allies of the gun lobby, we need to keep the pressure on. Three bills now before Congress would extend the protections we have in Connecticut to Florida and the rest of the nation:
- An assault weapons ban (S.2095),
- A ban on high capacity magazines (H.R.4052) and
- Providing grant money for states to implement GVPOs (H.R. 2598)
Telling our Congressional delegation that you support these measures—and asking them to co-sponsor them if they haven’t already—is always helpful. Click here to contact Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and your U.S. Representative.
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