Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

 Monday, March 18

After more than 40 hours of expert testimony the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, created by Governor Dannel. Malloy, issued an interim report that includes a controversial recommendation to ban the sale, possession or use of any gun which accepts magazines with 10 or more bullets. The ban does not apply to military or police use.

The 16-member commission was convened by the governor as a response to the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting.
Some of the draft recommendations the group approved go further than the proposals being discussed by either the governor or the legislature.
While Malloy supports a ban on high-capacity magazines, legislative leaders seem to be leaning away from the measure.

Last week, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, called out legislative leaders for allegedly waffling on the issue behind closed doors.
The group sent a letter to lawmakers calling anything short of a complete ban “intolerable.” The press release included a letter citing legal precedent for taking property.
Robert Crook, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, said the measure to ban guns that accept 10 round magazines turns all “semi-automatic hand guns into paperweights.” He said they didn’t distinguish between tubular magazines and detachable magazines either which means they’re “essentially banning all guns.”
“It bothers me governor’s task force didn’t include any firearm experts,” Crook said.
Meanwhile, the Sandy Hook Commission also recommended mandatory background checks for the sale or transfer of any firearm at private sales and gun shows. It recommended regular renewal of firearm permits, including a test of firearm handling capacity as well as an understanding of applicable laws and regulations.
The Commission found that firearms of significant lethality can be legally obtained without permit and without registration. “According to the Connecticut State Police, there are approximately 1.4 million registered firearms in the State of Connecticut, and possibly up to 2 million unregistered firearms
On the school safety front, the commission recommending that all classrooms in K-12 schools be equipped with locking doors that can be locked from the inside by the classroom teacher or substitute. It also recommended requiring that all exterior doors in K-12 schools be equipped with hardware capable of implementing a full perimeter lockdown.
Legislative leaders will meet again today to see if they can reach consensus on an emergency certified bill the General Assembly can vote on in the near future.
The commission, which has not discharged its duties just yet, will continue meeting Friday, March 22 to being tackling the state’s mental health delivery system.
An ongoing issue between the Southampton Village Board and the Southampton Town Trustees is coming to a head — a bulkhead. The steel structure is in front of a private ocean front home in the village.
The Town Trustees, who have oversight of the town’s waterways and the ocean beachfront in all of Southampton Town, say that the bulkhead is in violation of state environmental conservation regulations. The Village board disagrees.
The trustees have a longstanding policy against any new bulkheads on Southampton’s shores. They argue that the science shows that hardening the shoreline leads to the narrowing of beaches. They say the sand that is seaside of a bulkhead gets washed away. Plus, unhardened properties beyond a bulkhead become more vulnerable. They point to the extreme erosion created by a steel bulkhead in front of seven homes in Water Mill.
At a Village Board meeting last week coastal geologist Aram Terchunian of Westhampton criticized the trustees’ opposition to bulkheading. He said, “You have to use all the tools that are in the toolbox. You can’t just discard them because you have a philosophy.”
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, of Montauk, announced Monday that he will seek reelection in November instead of running for East Hampton Town supervisor. This is despite an endorsement as Supervisor from The East Hampton Republican Committee. In endorsing Schneiderman the committee passed over Republican two-term incumbent, Bill Wilkinson. Wilkinson hadn’t told the committee if he wanted to keep his seat for a third term.

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