Connecticut gov bans gun sales to those on watch lists

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By Tom LoBianco


WASHINGTON (CNN) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has banned gun sales to anyone on a government watch list, making the New England state the first to limit gun access in response to the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

“Like all Americans, I’ve been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in California and Paris. This should be a wake-up call for all of us,” Malloy said Thursday. “This is a moment to seize here in America. And today I’m here to say that ‘Connecticut, we are seizing that moment.'”

Malloy’s executive order bars anyone on a government watch list from receiving the safety permit needed to buy a gun in Connecticut, including handguns, shotguns and any ammunition. Assault weapon sales, Malloy noted, are already banned in Connecticut.

The order adds a review of government watch lists to the background check that public safety officers already perform on anyone seeking a Connecticut gun permit.

“If you cannot fly due to being on a government watch list, you shouldn’t be able to purchase a firearm,” Malloy said.

The proposal is one that President Barack Obama has pushed in response to the San Bernardino shooting — noting that the guns used by both suspects were purchased legally — and Senate Democrats tried unsuccessfully earlier this month to ban gun sales for anyone on a watch list.

Republicans have countered the push with the argument that the federal “no-fly list” has often been inaccurate, causing some instances of mistaken identity.

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  • Dan Gray

    And look for Conn to be sued out of existence when they ban someone from their constitutional right for being put on a list for something they didnt do or that they have the same name as someone on the list. This is a very stupid move!!


    Typical limp wristed liberal mentality. The no fly list is a farce, includes children under the age of 5, and hurts people that are not on the list but who have similar names of those who are.
    God save us from liberals.


    The majority of the people on this list don’t even know that they are on it. If they’ve put you on that list by mistake you’re screwed.

  • DDD

    So is this fool going to pass out the confidential no fly list to all gun dealers? Is any potential terrorist even thinking of buying fire arms legally? No? I didn’t think so.

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