The Wilton League of Women Voters supports the Connecticut League’s statement of interest on Gun Violence Prevention. We urge the public to be conversant and active on this important topic.
The League of Women Voters first adopted a position on gun laws in 1990 and began urging Congress to control the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons. The LWV position also supports licensing/permitting procedures for gun ownership to include background checks, gun safety education and periodic renewals. In Connecticut, LWVCT has supported strong measures to protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. LWVCT advocated for CT’s 1994 assault weapons ban, the 2007 law mandating the reporting of a theft or loss of a firearm, and offered testimony in 2011 supporting a ban on large capacity ammunition magazines.
League of Women Voters supports:
·Universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers in CT.
·Ban the possession or transfer of high capacity ammunition magazines carrying more than 7 rounds.
·Strengthen CT’s assault weapons ban
The newly created Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety has begun public hearings and listening to testimony. The time to write, email and call your elected representatives is now. Let your voices be heard. The Task Force is separated into three sub-groups consisting of, gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. The website is: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asaferconnecticut/. Statements may be e-mailed to with a subject line of: Gun Violence Prevention Working Group (Please indicate in the subject of your email to which working group(s) you would like your testimony directed: gun violence prevention, school security and/or mental health services).
League member Lori Kaine learns about the various weapons including the pictured AR15