Proposal Would Take Guns From Residents with DUI Convictions

The change is one of many outlined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

If you've been convicted of a DWI or DUI in the past five years, then Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doesn't think you should own a firearm.

Under Malloy's recently released gun law proposals, one provision would prohibit anyone convicted of either offense from purchasing a firearm. The law would also be applied retroactively, meaning residents convicted of DWI or DUI in the past five years would no longer be permitted to own a firearm, according to an article by CT News Junkie.

The governor's proposal is keeping in line with the state's current gun law, which makes it illegal for convicted felons to possess a firearm, Michael Lawlor, Malloy's criminal justice advisor, tells CT News Junkie. It would not impact law-abiding gun owners, Lawlor said.

Lawmakers are already finding themselves on both sides of this one. The CT News Junkie article quotes two legislators — a Democrat and a Republican — who, respectively, are for and against it.

Malloy's proposal comes as the gun violence subcommittee of the state's Bi-Partisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and School Security prepares to release its recommendations for legislative and policy change. The Task Force was formed in the wake of that claimed the life of 20 first graders and six educators.

Meanwhile, gun law proposals are being debated at the federal level, too. President Barack Obama, who visited Newtown just days after the school shooting, has called on Congress to re-enact and strengthen an assault weapon ban, among other measures — sparking a national debate on the Second Amendment.

Do you agree with Malloy's proposal?

concerned February 28, 2013 at 03:56 PM
more bs from the loser of a Governor in this state as well as the ones in washington dc
Paul Lambert March 01, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Anything for more control.
Paul Bahre March 01, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Maybe we ought to keep guns out of the hands of Governors who can't read or write?
Avon Res March 01, 2013 at 12:51 PM
"The governor's proposal is keeping in line with the state's current gun law, which makes it illegal for convicted felons to possess a firearm,"…since when is enforcing the law bs? If you're not responsible enough to not drive drunk, then you are NOT responsible enough to own a deadly weapon - perfectly reasonable law.
Wanda Colman March 01, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I agree no one should drive drunk, and that we should enforce laws already on the books. So this is nothing new? I see alot of folks swerving from one side of the road to another these days and they are on their cell phones texting. They also have poor judgement that could kill, and are irresponsible......I can see taking away their license, even their car, their cell phone, but their guns??? And retroactively? No No.
Paul Bahre March 01, 2013 at 01:40 PM
The first time you get a DUI in CT they give you what amounts to pretrial probation and if you do your classes and keep your nose clean that is that and you have no conviction. If you get a second DUI they go back and bring to trial the first DUI charges and at the same time the second DUI charges together. So the second DUI conviction is a felony and yes felons' are not allowed to have guns. But all those people who have traipsed through the DUI pre-trial probation programs would not be considered DUI convicts as their charges were never brought to trial. So Wanda Colman is correct the Governor is just proposing enforcing the current law.
Adam March 01, 2013 at 03:35 PM
@ Avon Res: What other constitutional rights would you take away on account of a crime that harmed no one? Have you ever run a red light or sped? Perhaps you are not "responsible enough" to have the right to be free from unreasonable search and search (i.e. probable cause if no warrant). Your argument is a complete slippery slope and frankly, repulsive.
Paul Bahre March 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I looked it up. The first DUI conviction is not a felony but most people who are arrested the first time do a pre-trail education program and the charges are not pursued. But if they are arrested a 2nd time they will face the original charges and the subsequent charges. The second conviction is a felony. So the State of CT says hey, DUI is serious but we give you a one time good deal to keep this from being a criminal conviction and after that you will be thrown to the legal wolves. That includes about a year to a year and a half of jail time on the second conviction. It is a bit more serious than a bounced check.
Bill Stanford March 01, 2013 at 03:53 PM
If the conviction is a felony, I have no problem with prohibiting them from owning guns. But, what is Malloy changing if that is already the law?
Paul Bahre March 01, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I agree, he wants to make that first conviction a default felony. Even though a first DUI convictions, they way the system is now are rare they are not a felony.
West Hartford tax payer March 01, 2013 at 06:56 PM
but its okay for the two new haven cops to shoot thier guns up in the air outside a bar. Give them foot patrol with a night stick, if cant handle a firearm.
POODETWA March 02, 2013 at 05:51 AM
POODETWA March 02, 2013 at 05:54 AM
hi paul-- dui is not a felony, unless you kill someone


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