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Hamden CT Mayor Scott Jackson (at podium), Chair of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Christine Stuart file photo, CTNewsJunkie.com

Hamden CT Mayor Scott Jackson (at podium), Chair of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission and CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Christine Stuart file photo, CTNewsJunkie.com

by CTNewsjunkie Staff

After more than 40 hours of expert testimony, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission issued an interim report that includes a controversial recommendation to ban high-capacity magazines with 10 or more bullets and guns that can shoot them.

According to the report, the commission recognized that certain sporting events may at times seek to utilize higher capacity magazines. However, the consensus of the commission was that the spirit of sportsmanship can be maintained with lower capacity magazines.

The Sandy Hook Commission also recommended mandatory background checks for the sale or transfer of any firearm, including long guns, at private sales and gun shows. It recommended regular renewal of firearm permits, including a test of firearm handling capacity as well as an understanding of applicable laws and regulations.

“The commission has found that firearms of significant lethality can be legally obtained without permit and without registration,” the report states. “According to the Connecticut State Police, there are approximately 1.4 million registered firearms in the State of Connecticut, and possibly up to 2 million unregistered firearms.”

The commission’s recommendations are based on the hearings that have focused on school security, gun violence prevention, emergency management planning and response, and school crisis response. The commission, which has not discharged its duties just yet, will continue meeting Friday, March 22, to begin tackling the state’s mental health delivery system.

To continue reading, and for a link to a downloadable PDF copy of the advisory commission’s interim report, please visit CTNewsJunkie.com at this link


Posted March 21, 2013

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