Democrat Senator Rejects Connecticut Gun Control Proposal

State Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven speaks during special session at the State Capitol,
AP Photo/Jessica Hill

State Sen. Gary Winfield (D) took exception to the push of a Connecticut bill targeting repeat firearm offenders, suggesting it would unintentionally target former offenders who are carrying guns for self-defense.

The Connecticut State Assembly held a 12-hour hearing on gun control Monday, during which time Winfield noted his reservations about the repeat-offender legislation, CT Mirror reported. According to the report, the bill is supported by “the mayors of Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury.”

The legislation creates a “serious firearm offense,” impacting bail and leading to “an immediate revocation of probation or parole.”

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin (D) pushed the gun control bill, but Winfield expressed concern the legislation “would create legal jeopardy for the many men who carry illegal firearms for their own protection.”

Mayor Luke Bronin (Facebook/Mayor Luke Bronin)

Winfield said to Bronin, “What person on the streets of Hartford who’s spending time out there, or who was in a neighborhood who used to spend time out there, doesn’t have an illegal firearm?”

Other gun control pushes have run into trouble in Connecticut during recent months.

The Associated Press

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

For example, on December 11, Breitbart News noted that Democrat Gov. Ned Lamont said AR-15s “should not be allowed in the state of Connecticut” and pushed to prohibit ownership of AR-15s previously grandfathered by the state. The agreement to grandfather the rifles was part of the means used to secure the state’s “assault weapons” ban.

On December 13, The Day, New London pointed out that “support for Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s controversial proposal to no longer allow ownership of AR-15 rifles in Connecticut is thin among area legislators — even among members of his own party.”

State Sen. Cathy Osten (D) responded to Lamont’s proposal by saying, “I would not support that initiative. We made a promise to people, we need to maintain that promise.”

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