An advisory commission conceived in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting put forth recommendations Friday to further restrict the Second Amendment in Connecticut, calling for an all-out ban on guns “that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading,” reports the Associated Press.
The panel of “experts,” created by Governor Dan Malloy, convened last week to discuss preparations for their final report which will address numerous school security issues, including law enforcement and emergency response, safe school design and operation and mental health and wellness.
Among the recommendations considered will be a ban, not only on so-called assault weapons, but on handguns as well, as discussed at a meeting last March.
“I believe that if we’re serious about banning assault weapons, it shouldn’t just cover long guns,” former Hartford Chief of Police and member of the 16-member Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Bernard Sullivan recommended at the time. “It should also cover handguns because the weapons of choice in the urban environment are primarily the 9-millimeter Berettas, Sig Sauer, whatever you want to call them, that have high-capacity magazines that can fire 17 or 18 bullets without reloading because of the magazine.”
Friday’s agenda specifically listed a discussion on “making unlawful the possession of certain firearms.”
“Whether or not this law would stand the test of constitutionality is not for this commission to decide,” Sullivan said at Friday’s meeting, according to AP, adding, “The commission has expressed very strongly that this is a statement that is needed regarding the lethality of weapons.”
The panel’s proposal would further restrictions passed by the State of Connecticut last January, which banned ammunition magazines able to carry more than 10 rounds, retroactively requiring owners of such magazines to register them with state police, and banned assault rifles manufactured after 1994, requiring them to also be declared to authorities.
Constitutionally-minded Connecticut gun owners have already made a show of expressing their disapproval of gun control legislation.
Following the ammunition and “assault weapon” ban, a mere 38,000 out of 2.4 million “high-capacity” magazines were registered under the law, in addition to only 13 percent of assault rifles being registered.
In March, the Second Amendment organization Connecticut Carry also threw down the gauntlet, issuing an ultimatum to authorities to “enforce the tyranny they passed or repeal it entirely.”
Despite backlash, members of the Sandy Hook commission say they hope their gun control notions will permeate to other parts of the country.
“We’re not writing proposed legislation, we’re writing end results, saying this is where we think you guys need to go,” said Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, the commission’s chairman. “We’re hoping that some of our recommendations will go far beyond the borders of the state of Connecticut.”
The commission’s mental health and wellness discussions have also put homeschooling parents under the microscope.
“Back in September, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission called for a new law forcing every homeschooling parent with a child who has been labeled with a behavioral or emotional problem to submit to a host of strict regulations,” reports Eric Owens.
The restrictions would require parents who homeschool their children to submit lesson plans to a local education czar, who would determine whether to allow homeschooling based on whether or not a child is making “adequate progress.”
The commission plans to release its final report by Valentine’s Day.
H/T: Daily Caller