SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Connecticut’s taking the lead on gun control. Governor Dannel Malloy plans to sign the first executive order in the country banning guns from being sold to people on a federal watch list.
Connecticut created one of the strictest gun laws in the country after the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. The latest proposal aims to make it so anyone who’s on a “No Fly List,” would be flagged as someone not able to purchase a firearm.
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22News spoke with Kendall Knapik of Guns Inc. in West Springfield to find out how the process to obtain a gun works in Massachusetts. Knapik said, “First you go thru a federal background first. You have to fill out all the questions correctly before it lets you proceed. And then, after we call in your federal background check, they’ll say ‘proceed, deny or delay.’”
Knapik said after a federal background check, customers must have their permits verified through a system called “Micks,” which stands for the Massachusetts Instant Record Check System. If you’re cleared, you walk out with a registered firearm that day.
William Laving of West Springfield told 22News he would like to see Massachusetts have tougher guns laws like Connecticut. He said it’s also important to make sure we crack down on children getting illegal weapons. “You can be ten, eleven and have a gun on you; it doesn’t even matter. Like I said, a lot of people out here are obnoxious. If they have a gun on them they’ll use it.”
Gov. Malloy said his administration is working with the federal government for additional watch list to include. He plans to implement the law as soon as he gets approval to access federal watch lists.