Firearms Industry Trade Group Frets over Some of Malloy's Proposals?

By Harvey, Helen Bennett | New Haven Register (New Haven, CT), February 23, 2013 | Go to article overview

Firearms Industry Trade Group Frets over Some of Malloy's Proposals?


Harvey, Helen Bennett, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


By Christine Stuart ctnewsjunkie.com

The trade association for the firearms industry worries that if some of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's gun proposals gain traction with the legislature, they will have a detrimental effect on an industry that supports 2,900 direct jobs in the state.

Gun manufacturers contributed more than $1.7 billion to economic activity in Connecticut in 2012, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Jake McGuigan, a director of government relations and state affairs for the NSSF, said that his organization is concerned about some of Malloy's proposals, especially the ban on any semi- automatic weapon with one or more military-style feature.

"I am proposing that we change the definition of assault weapon to any semi-automatic that has at least one military characteristic, and ban the sale of these weapons in our state," Malloy said Thursday when he unveiled his legislative proposals. Currently a weapon must have two characteristics, such as a pistol grip or a folding stock, to be considered an assault weapon.

Under Malloy's redefined assault weapons ban, the AR-15 would be prohibited from further sale. The AR-15 was the semi-automatic rifle used by the gunman in the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Malloy's proposal would give owners of these type of weapons until October to register their semi-automatic rifles with state police. If gun owners wanted to sell their gun to a federally- licensed firearm dealer they could, but those guns could then only be sold outside Connecticut.

McGuigan said his organization is acting under the assumption gun manufacturers in the state wouldn't be able to manufacture these types of weapons here, and even if they were the owners and employees of the company wouldn't be able to own any of the guns they manufacture.

"Essentially we would lose the entire retail market in the state of Connecticut," McGuigan said.

However, Michael Lawlor, the governor's top criminal justice adviser, said manufacturers would still be able to make them in the state, they just wouldn't be able to sell them in the state. …

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