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Following Advocacy from Connecticut Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action Volunteers, Connecticut House Passes the “Governor’s Bill,” a Comprehensive Gun Safety Package

May 25, 2023

HARTFORD, Conn. —The Connecticut chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, issued the following statement today after lawmakers in the House passed HB 6667 , also known as the “Governor’s Bill.”

HB 6667, the “Governor’s Bill,” includes multiple public safety measures including: 

  • Prohibiting open carry of all firearms in public
  • Requiring safety training to obtain a permit to purchase, receive, or sell firearms
  • Strengthening dealer licensing requirements
  • Strengthening secure firearm storage law
  • Strengthening prohibitions on assault weapons and ghost guns 
  • Placing limits on bulk firearm purchasing 

“We applaud the House for recognizing the multi-faceted approach needed to address gun violence in our state by passing this comprehensive gun safety package,” said Joanna Taczanowsky, a volunteer with the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Passing this bill is crucial to keeping Connecticut a national leader in the gun safety movement and ensuring the safety and well-being of Connecticuters across the state. We hope the Senate will follow their lead to get this bill across the finish line and onto the Governor’s desk.” 

In an average year in Connecticut, 211 people die by guns, and 308 people are wounded by guns. Gun violence costs Connecticut $2.6 billion each year, of which $57.1 million is paid by taxpayers. Read about gun violence in Connecticut here.

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