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  •  They used Connecticut as an case study? (5+ / 0-)

    It seems to me that CT is not a representative baseline for study.

    I'm not an expert, but online sources indicate that Connecticut has some of the tougher gun laws to be found:

    * Permits required to purchase rifles, shotguns and handguns
    * Registration required for rifles and shotguns
    * Licenses required for handgun ownership
    * Permit required to carry handguns (open or concealed)
    * Does not recognize carry permits from any other states
    * Loss/theft of a firearm must be reported within 72 hours of discovery. (1st offense - $90 fine, any additional offenses are Class D felonies, which suspend the right to own any firearms.)

    In addition, handgun ownership is denied to a fairly long list::

    It is unlawful to possess a handgun by a person who has been convicted of a felony; convicted as a delinquent of a serious juvenile offense which includes illegal possession of a controlled substance, negligent homicide, third degree assault, first degree reckless endangerment, second degree unlawful restraint, rioting, or second degree stalking; discharged from custody within the preceding 20 years after acquittal by reason of mental disease or defect; confined by court order for mental illness within the preceding 12 months; subject to a restraining or protective order involving physical force; or an illegal alien.
    (Source: NRA-ILA)

    It seems that most of these regulations have been in place for some time.  When talking about regulation, I think there's a pretty big difference between (as an example) the effect of:

    "Taking Kentucky's gun laws to Connecticut's level"


    "Adding to Connecticut's already-tough gun laws."

    I think we need some large grains of salt before suggesting that CT results are significant one way or the other.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 07:49:11 AM PDT

    •  Maybe we should also use CT as a model for federal (1+ / 0-)
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      firearms regulation?  I mean, this program appears to work in CT and it could be that it works because of their firearms regulations.  So I'm OK with federal regulations modeled after CT's and then we expand this program nationally.

      Great catch!

      “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it … we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      by DefendOurConstitution on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:35:18 AM PDT

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    •  Almost every single item in that denial list (2+ / 0-)
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      is also a disqualification at the Federal level, so CT isn't doing anything there other than making it easier to bring charges on a State level when the Feds fail to do their jobs, as they so often do with gun violations....

      There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap box, ballot box, jury box and ammo box. Use in that order.

      by Crookshanks on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 03:12:45 PM PDT

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