(HARTFORD, Conn.) – After signing a bill earlier this week that gives Connecticut some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, Gov. Dan Malloy spoke with CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday and told her that NRA President Wayne LaPierre reminds him of “the clowns at the circus.”
LaPierre has been openly critical of Connecticut’s new bills. “Wayne reminds me of the clowns the clowns at the circus – they get the most attention and that’s what he’s paid to do,” Malloy said.
“But the reality is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an assault weapons ban,” he continued, illustrating why he sees the need for stricter laws.
“Ninety-two percent of the American people want universal background checks,” Malloy continued. “I can’t get on a plane as the Governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me, why should you be able to buy a gun?”
The laws ban the sale of magazines over ten rounds. Responding to questions about the necessity of registering preexisting magazines over ten rounds with the state, Malloy said that it was to make sure they could tell if magazines were being brought in from other states.
“We need to be able tell the difference between the ones that preexisted and those that are being purchased someplace else. Hence, the requirement for registration,” he said.
“If you bring a magazine that you purchased in another state to our state, it’s illegal,” Malloy said.
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