Connecticut gun laws among the nation’s strictest

December 17, 2012

Democrats in Congress are moving quickly to introduce new gun legislation in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

But gun rights advocates — once they start speaking out more publicly — will note that the state in which the tragedy took place has among the most stringent gun control laws on the books.

Below, we look at a few different maps comparing Connecticut to the other 49 states by the strictness of their gun laws.

Here's a map from February from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which is in favor of gun control. As you can see, Connecticut is ranked as having one of the strongest gun control regimes in the country, ranking in the second tier behind only California.

 

And here's a similar map from Brown University from October 2011 showing very much the same thing, with Connecticut ranking only behind New York and New Jersey.

When it comes to concealed weapons, Connecticut is also one of the strictest, according to this map from the Christian Science Monitor.

As the gun debate heats up in the coming days, expect those who oppose additional gun control measures to point to these maps.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) preemptively fought back against that argument Sunday, saying gun-makers can get around half-measures and that federal action is needed.

"Connecticut has a pretty aggressive law — probably of the 50 states, I think we're ranked fourth most aggressive in trying to limit access to these kinds of weapons," Malloy said. "But what happens in the absence of a Brady bill, in the absence of federal legislation, people use descriptive terms to try to get around the limitations that are built into our statutes here in Connecticut, or might otherwise not happen if we had federal legislation on this issue."

Connecticut is one of just a few states with at least a partial ban on assault weapons.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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