Critical news of interest to our readers.

Two gun bills are under active consideration by the Judiciary Committee of the state legislature.  One will improve gun safety in Connecticut, the other assuredly will not. We must let Judiciary Committee members know where we stand.
The NRA has already activated its base. Committee members must hear from our side.
Please take a moment to contact legislators with the message below. Click here now to email the message below to every member of the Judiciary Committee. Although not essential, modifying the message to make it your own has greater impact.

Subject: Here’s where I stand on HB6200 and Reciprocity raised gun bills

Dear Members of the Judiciary Committee:

I am writing to urge you to:

SUPPORT HB 6200, AAC Presentation of a Carry Permit.  When individuals are openly carrying guns in public, they should be required to show their permits upon request of a police officer. Current law requires private citizens armed in public to carry their handgun permit on their person. It is only common sense that a person open carrying should be required to produce the permit to confirm they are lawfully carrying, and not a threat to public safety or the officers themselves.

OPPOSE the bill, AAC Permit & Certificate to Carry a Firearm Reciprocity, that would allow holders of other states’ permits to conceal carry in Connecticut. Most states do not have the strict safety standards for carrying guns in public that we have in Connecticut. It makes little sense to have our own strict standards, but not require gun owners from out of state to meet the same requirements. Also, without national standards for gun permits and 24/7 access to out-of-state permit information, law enforcement would have no way to verify whether the permit was valid and whether the gun owner is carrying legally.

The San Francisco based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has issued their annual rankings on the strength of states’ gun laws, and again for the fourth straight year Connecticut has ranked second in the nation. Click here for results of all states.

For more than twenty years, CT Against Gun Violence has led the fight to strengthen Connecticut gun laws because we believe that smart gun laws work, that smart gun laws save lives. So we are very proud of this distinction.

We are often asked what the difference is between Connecticut’s ability to do this while many  other states and the U.S. Congress too often cannot. Our answer is simple: the difference is you.

Our supporters have been relentless and uncompromising in holding our elected officials accountable for passing legislation that helps keep our communities and families safe from gun violence; the most recent example being our Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order bill passed in the 2016 session that removes firearms from domestic abusers within 24 hours of service of a temporary restraining order.

So we are pleased to share this honor with you, and we extend our best wishes of the holiday season to all.


Direct Action Taken by Democrats

In an unprecedented action, led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis (D-Georgia), House Democrats have occupied the Chamber through the night to protest Republican refusal to allow a vote on two gun bills: ‘No Fly, No Buy” prohibiting those on No Fly lists from purchasing firearms, and “No check, No sale” expanding background checks requirements to online and gun show sales.

Almost all House Democrats have participated in the “sit-in”, taking turns at the podium throughout the night calling for a vote.

At 3:15 am, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called a recess until July 5 and Republicans left for home while Democrats stayed on the floor.

A Political Shift

The vote did not come yet, but we are really seeing the politics shift on gun violence prevention as more and more members of Congress take action on the issue as they realize that public sentiment is everything and 80 to 90 % of Americans support these Common Sense Measures.  They saw a growing mass of supporters arrive, in the galleries and outside the Capitol.

Thank Our Connecticut Senators

Democratic members are still on the floor. Next steps are still very much in flux.  But our first action must be to thank our Connecticut Congressman, all of whom participated in the action throughout the day and night.

Call your Congressman now!  Say you support their bold action and that you want them to continue to demand a vote on gun safety measures.

Here is the list of our CT Members of Congress.  Call yours now!!

John Larson:  202-225-2265

Joe Courtney: 202-225-2076

Rosa DeLauro: 202-225-3661

Jim Himes:  202-225-5541

Elizabeth Esty: 202-225-4476