STAMFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel Malloy found support for his proposed gun laws in his former office on the 10th floor of the Stamford Government Center Tuesday afternoon.
“Any law that has teeth to it helps us,” Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau said after meeting with Malloy.
“Anytime you could keep weapons secure and off the streets it helps policing,” Director of Public Safety, Health and Wellness Thaddeus Jankowski said.
Malloy came to Stamford to meet with Mayor Michael Pavia and the others to discuss his proposed gun control laws, and to congratulate and thank the Mayor for joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January.
His proposal focuses on universal background checks, banning large-capacity magazines, a stronger assault weapons ban, safer gun storage and stronger enforcement of current laws.
“The simple truth is the industry got around this ban,” he said of the current assault weapons ban the state has.
Pavia shared that the theme of the conference was “Demand a Plan,” and was happy that the state now has one.
Malloy described his gun control proposal as a “common sense approach,” and he expects it to pass with support from both parties. He added that the proposal is not perfect, but better than the current system.
“I haven’t spoken to everyone, but I have not spoken to anyone who doesn’t like it,” the Governor said, adding that even 75 percent of National Rifle Association members agree in universal background checks.
Malloy is still expecting the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to come up with its own proposals on gun control laws, as well as proposals on the other fields it is looking into. He decided to release his proposal because it is more than 70 days since the Newtown shooting and he wants the state to be one of the first to react to the situation.
“It’s time for something to happen,” Malloy said.