Connecticut Seeks to Ban Gun Sales Based on Federal Terror Lists

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Texas is seeking to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state, accusing the Obama administration in federal court of violating a federal law that requires the U.S. government to consult with local authorities before refugees are relocated.

The Democratic governor said that his order would make Connecticut the first state to do so and that state officials are working with the federal government to get access to the lists. “If you cannot fly due to being on a government watch list, you should not be able to purchase a firearm while on that watch list as well,” Malloy told reporters at the Capitol. “This is basic common sense. The insider-trading case against Michael Steinberg may have fizzled out, but the federal prosecutors who brought and later dropped the charges against the former trader are still taking their lumps. The American people get it.” The legislature and Malloy previously enacted gun limits that expanded the state’s assault weapons ban and barred the possession and sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines following the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A California judge ruled that a woman may not have a child using fertilized embryos frozen during a marriage to her ex-husband, who sought to block the pregnancy after the couple separated. Malloy, a Democrat, made the announcement outside the state Capitol building in Hartford on Thursday afternoon, saying that it was a response to inaction by the Republican-controlled U.S. Lawmakers have sought to impose tougher limits on gun purchases after a mass shooting on Dec. 2 that left 14 people dead at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. Pending federal approval, Malloy’s order will require State Police to cross-reference the names of those seeking firearm permits with government watch lists.

In his national address on Sunday, President Obama advocated for federal regulations that would ban those on the lists list from buying guns. “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?” Mr. That appeared the case Monday when the justices took the bench for their scheduled 10 a.m. argument—and neither clock in the majestic courtroom displayed a correct time. President Barack Obama, in an Oval Office address Sunday, called on Congress to act to ensure that people on the federal government’s no-fly list cannot buy firearms. U.S. authorities have said that one of the shooters, Tashfeen Malik, posted a message on her Facebook page declaring her allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State extremist group, the same day she and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, carried out the shooting. Under the executive order, people on certain federal watch lists couldn’t get a permit to purchase guns or ammunition in Connecticut, Malloy said Thursday at a press briefing in Hartford.

State officials will determine the “appropriate lists” to be included, whether they are no-fly lists or “some kind of combination of those who should not have weapons,” Malloy said. William Dunlap, law school professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, said the Supreme Court has said that some limitations on who can buy cans are permissible. And, they say, such a policy would deny people a right – conferred in the Constitution – to keep and bear arms, based solely on a suspicion of wrongdoing, not proof.

If you have a constitutional right to do something, the government has to do more than just provide the attorney general’s suspicion and speculation as a basis for denying you that right. White House officials have said they are exploring closing the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows people to buy weapons at gun shows and online without a background check.

Senator Dianne Feinstein from California last week called the proposal to stop those on terrorist watch lists from getting guns “the definition of a no-rainer.” Malloy, who said he came up with the plan last week, said he has reason to believe that some people who are on the watch lists live in Connecticut. Malloy’s “action underscores that Congress has failed to act —completely abdicating responsibility as a public health crisis sweeps the nation, killing 30,000 Americans each year,” the statement by Democratic Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal said. “We will continue to fight for Congress to close the terror gap and keep lethal weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. Presumably, in order to have standing, a plaintiff would first have to be denied a gun as a result of the policy, i.e., because he or she is on a terrorist watch list.

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