Gubernatorial candidates stake out positions on gun control

by Sarah Bruley  |  published on October 31, 2014

As tensions run high in the gubernatorial debates leading up to the Nov. 4 election, Connecticut residents are raising questions about the candidates’ proposals for gun control.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley have disputed gun control in most of their public debates. Malloy, who signed into law one of the strictest gun control measures in the nation in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has called for even stricter restrictions on carry laws during his campaign. Foley, on the other hand, contends that Malloy’s policies restrict the rights of gun owners and that he is ready to sign a repeal of those laws. While supporters of each candidate claim that significant changes to gun control laws are inevitable come the next term, some say that drastic change is unlikely.

“Unless there’s an unanticipated Republican sweep, you’ll have a Democratic general assembly that will not make any significant changes,” said Ronald Schurin, political science professor at the University of Connecticut.

Schurin said that if Foley wins, the only changes that would occur are minor alterations that would loosen the state’s laws on reporting stolen weapons.

But others predict more extreme changes for Connecticut’s gun laws in the event of a Republican win. Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence Ron Pinciaro said that based on the candidates’ comments in the debates, gun laws would loosen dramatically if Foley wins.

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