Himes: 'No Civilian Needs a Gun With A Magazine that Holds 30 Bullets'

Oxford's representative in the U.S. Congress issued a statement Tuesday about gun control measures being discussed by federal representatives.


U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Greenwich, issued the following statement today in response to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) announcement that his committee will soon take up several gun violence prevention measures, including legislation to institute universal background checks and to reinstate the assault weapons ban:

“While I am encouraged by the news that the Senate will soon begin considering bills to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and help improve safety in our schools and communities, I am angry that the House has yet to take any steps towards sending gun violence prevention measures to the President’s desk. Over two months after Newtown, it is long past time for Congress to get to work making the common-sense changes that will help ensure such an awful tragedy never happens again.

 “No civilian needs a gun with a magazine that holds 30 bullets. No one who wants to own a gun should be able to hide their criminal record behind a loophole. And no parent should be forced to raise their mentally ill child without the mental health services they need. While I am disappointed with the delay, I remain firmly committed to reducing gun violence. In the coming weeks, I will continue doing everything I can to bring my colleagues from both sides of the aisle together to get this job done.”

Richard Poulton February 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM
@Nick & SteveW. I spoke with my FFL friend last night and I stand corrected as to a civilian having access to the NICS system. Yes you can. After all checks are made the seller will get an authorization number that should be maintained. And as Steve mentioned the Sale & Transfer form should be made out. All weel and good for those that want to to it right, but what about the private sale that is just that a private sale, no checks, no forms, nothing. Such will never be prevented. All in all this was a good conversation. You have a good day. Must be off, my turn w/ the 93 yr old mother.
Jenn G February 27, 2013 at 01:37 PM
JYD, Yes, by all means ban all knives and bats because everyone is walking around stabbing and hitting each other. Common sense needs to be used. And yes, my family has been hit by violence. My cousin was killed while walking out of his dorm. A man, who was licensed to carry a gun, was shooting at his wife, missed her and hit my cousin. Is that enough violence for you? He was 21 and going to school to be a doctor. Life over, just like that. But please, don't pay any attention to the innocent people murdered everyday, just as long as people can own things they have no good reason to own. Nick - do you live in Oxford? How many riots are going on? If you are so against this government, move to another country and see how that works out for you. What is the statistic for home owners getting killed with their own guns? If you have children in your home, I would hope the gun is locked up. (Oh wait, Nancy Lanza had her's locked up, how did that work out?) If that is the case, do you have time to get out your gun when your house is raided by these band of bandits that are roaming the streets of Oxford? Again,common sense needs to be used. Also, you made a comment that people with tattoos and pants hanging off are sketchy. Really? So, you stereo-type people too? Tattoos and clothing do not make the person. You should stop judging people on how they look and consider what is on the inside. Children are dying everyday by legally and illegally owned guns. How do you stop that?
Tom Marshall February 27, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Every day lonely people go online looking for friendship or love. Sometimes they hook up with some nut and end up dead. We've all heard of this happening. I say for the good of the people [ and the children ] we should ban computers. Lets face it, when the the Founding Fathers gave us freedom of speach they could have never envisioned the internet. OK so computers don't kill people,people kill people.However it is so much easier to just do away with computers.
Dave February 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Here are the laws for buying guns that already exist. Do we need any more? http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?a=4213&Q=494616&desppNav_GID=2080&desppNavPage=|
Dave February 28, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Private sales are very easy you fill out the form DPS-3-C call the department of public safety they issue a sales transaction # and then send in the forms as directed. Just like selling your car with a bill of sale. The DPS will tell you whether to allow the sale or not. This must be done at all gun shows as well there is no loop hole. that is a lie.


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