Democrat Gov. Ned Lamont: AR-15s ‘Should Not Be Allowed in the State of Connecticut’

In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers his budget address at th
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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) is weighing a push to end or repeal a grandfathering clause in a gun control bill in order to force residents to hand over any AR-15s.

The CT Mirror noted that Connecticut’s General Assembly has passed two “assault weapons” bans, and each time, the bans had a grandfather clause, allowing those who already owned the banned firearms to keep them.

Lamont floated the idea of ending or repealing the clause while talking to reporters after a debate.

He described the clause as “a loophole” that makes “society … in Connecticut a little less safe.”

Lamont added, “(AR-15s) should not be allowed in the state of Connecticut. I think they’re killers … I think they’re incredibly dangerous in our community. You’re not serious about crime if you leave them on the street.”

On October 10, 2022, Breitbart News pointed to FBI figures showing over twice as many people were killed with knives and other cutting tools than were killed with rifles in 2021.

The FBI category for rifles includes all types: pump action, lever action, single shot, bolt action, fixed magazine semiautomatic, and the wildly popular semiautomatics that use detachable magazines. Democrats refer to semiautomatics with detachable magazines as “assault weapons.”

Even with all those types of rifles, over twice as many people were stabbed to death than were killed with rifles.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a PhD in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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