Weston town political committees weigh in on gun regulations

The Weston Democratic Town Committee (DTC) voted unanimously on Jan. 9 to support any new federal legislation that strengthens gun safety measures.

The Republican Town Committee (RTC) met the night before, on Jan. 8. It discussed the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last month, but did not pass a formal resolution related to it.

Beth Gralnick, a DTC member, noted that Wilton, Fairfield, and Monroe are among other Connecticut towns whose DTCs have passed resolutions similar to Weston’s.

The Weston DTC resolution reads:

“Whereas, in the wake of the massacre of the innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, and the thousands of firearm deaths in the USA every year, our nation has reached the tipping point for demanding stronger, meaningful federal firearms regulation.

“Now therefore, be it resolved that the Weston, Connecticut Democratic Town Committee unequivocally supports new federal firearms regulations with provisions including but not limited to:

  • Enacting an updated, comprehensive permanent ban on civilian ownership of assault weapons;
  • Strengthening laws requiring background checks and registration of all firearms sales including gun show sales and private sales;
  • Limiting the capacity of magazines for both handguns and long guns;
  • Regulating ammunition sales for all firearms, including establishing a national database to record all ammunition sales;
  • Funding empirical studies of the causes of and ways to reduce gun violence, but not delaying swift enactment of new federal firearms regulations until the outcomes of such studies are known.”

Britta Lerner, chairman of the Weston RTC, said the RTC’s January meeting did address the tragedy in Newtown, as well as a gun ordinance being proposed by the town (see story on page one), and many opinions were expressed, but no formal positions were taken.

“We share in the grief of our friends and neighbors and want safety for every Westonite,” said Ms. Lerner. “However, [Weston’s proposed] ordinance is clearly in its nascent stages and endorsement or issuing position statements on a draft is premature at best. This is a complex issue that deserves respect and a thoughtful approach; it should not be agitated by political parties,” she said.

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