Connecticut now has the second strictest gun regulations in the country following the passage of this year’s firearm regulations in response to the Sandy Hook shooting, according to a Monday report by two gun control groups.
A scorecard released Monday by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign concluded that only California has tighter gun regulations than Connecticut. In prior years, the two groups had released separate scorecards. Last year, they ranked Connecticut fourth and fifth respectively.
But the state adopted stricter regulations this year following the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 children and six adults dead. In addition to other changes, the new law expanded the number of weapons prohibited in Connecticut and ended the sale of magazines that can carry more than 10 rounds.
Like the law itself, news of Connecticut’s new ranking was praised by some lawmakers and gun control groups and condemned by Second Amendment advocates.
Ron Pinciaro, executive director Connecticut Against Gun Violence, praised the scorecard.
“We have always ranked high on the scorecard, usually fourth or fifth, but the response to the Sandy Hook rampage resulted in one of the most comprehensive gun violence prevention reform packages in the nation,” he said. “. . . The people of Connecticut demanded change, and they got it. And it was a truly bipartisan effort.”
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the report acknowledged a bipartisan effort by Connecticut lawmakers to pass the types of regulations that have eluded lawmakers in Washington.
“I’m proud that the Brady Campaign has recognized our state’s effort, but what is really needed is a Congress that puts partisan posturing aside in favor of the kind of gun safety laws that will make our country a safer place for everyone.”
Scott Wilson, president of the Second Amendment advocacy group Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said the lawmakers who supported the law “should be ashamed” for making law abiding citizens less safe.
“[The law] is antithetical to everything that I believe in as an American. Infringing on our rights in the name of so called ‘public safety’ is a political means to an end for too many elected officials,” Wilson said. “The criminals on the street, and the violently ill will not be affected by these laws. People bent on committing heinous acts will always find a way.”