While the Senate is expected to take up gun control legislation when they return to Washington, legislation related to guns is also moving at the state level.
We chronicled the grueling debate in Colorado, which has now implemented some of the most strict gun laws in the nation. Following in its footsteps is now Connecticut. Based on a report from the Associated Press, the bipartisan legislation aims to do the following:
- Establishes a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines
- Creates new registration requirements for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets
- Implements the nation's first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry
- Creates a new "ammunition eligibility certificate," which requires a buyer to be fingerprinted, a firearms training course and a criminal background check
- Imposes immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales, including private
- Extends the state's assault weapons ban to 100 new types of firearms, requiring that a weapon have only one of several features in order to be banned
- Implements restrictions for people who've been committed to mental health facilities
- Restores of a state grant for school safety improvements
- Requires safe school climate committees to investigate instances of bullying and other threatening behavior
So that's what's happening in Connecticut, and they are hoping that this legislation will shape the debate in Washington and around the country.
Meanwhile, in Georgia we have a town, Nelson, that has passed a law requiring that each household have a gun. While there is no penalty if you do not have a gun, their reasoning is that gun ownership will make their city safer and keep crime down. Of course there are exemptions for felons, the mentally disabled, etc. but the sentiment is that an armed community is a safer community. This latest column from Thomas Sowell, “Guns Saves Lives,” would agree with the people of Nelson, GA.
The Anointed One is traveling to Colorado to push for gun control legislation. The cost to you, the taxpayers, for this gun control speech: $1 million. As Jim Geraghty of NRO points out, that's enough to fund one year of White House tours.