Many Districts Not Complying With Law Making Schools Safer After Sandy Hook

December 11, 2017

After 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a law was enacted to make schools safer, but a Courant review of records found that almost half of the state’s districts are violating at least some aspect of the law requiring them to submit school security information.

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Lesser Calls For Ban On Gun Bump Stocks

October 4, 2017

Rep. Matthew Lesser is urging his colleagues in the Connecticut General Assembly to plug a big loophole in gun-control laws and ban so-called bump stocks, which turn semiautomatic guns into automatic killing machines. Bump stocks were used in the Las Vegas massacre.

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Legislators push to establish meaningful accountability for police officers

May 16, 2017

After recent high-profile incidents in Connecticut, lawmakers are voicing their support for House Bill 6663, which aims to establish meaningful accountability for police officers who use excessive force. The bill, which state Rep. Robyn Porter introduced and sponsored, would require police departments to complete an investigation within a 15-day period. If the state's Division of Criminal Justice determines the officer used excessive force, the officer would also be placed on unpaid leave.

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Rep. Stafstrom, Police Chiefs Support HB 6200

March 15, 2017

"Anybody who tells you this is a gun bill, it's not," said Stafstrom, an attorney. "This is a police safety bill. This is a public safety bill. ... This is not a Second Amendment issue. Nobody's gun is going to be taken away as a result of this legislation. You're still going to have that same right to own that gun. And it is not a Fourth Amendment issue. Again, if you don't want to be stopped, you just simply conceal carry."

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