Lawmakers from all over the state of Connecticut gathered at the Bridgeport City Hall earlier in March to demand stricter gun laws for the state. The coalition, led by Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, called for new laws that would ban bump stock ammunition as well as ghost guns in the state. The coalition is also led by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Ghost guns are firearms that are not registered and are not marked, which means there is no serial number printed on it. Ghost guns are easy to buy. They can be purchased online and the purchaser does not need a license or a background check to make the purchase.
Blumenthal, at the rally, commented that Connecticut has already set the standard for the rest of the country when it comes to laws governing guns and ammunition. He stated some statistics claim 90 percent of Americans are asking for universal background checks like the ones conducted in Connecticut. He also made the claim that 90 percent of Americans want some sort of ban on bump stocks.
Blumenthal believes that there has been a change in Congress since the shooting that took place in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He said that there seems to be a feeling in Congress that it is time to make a move at the federal level to stop gun violence.
During the rally, Mayor Ganim spoke against the laws passed in Florida by Governor Rick Scott that allows for teachers to carry firearms in schools. The mayor said to all those in attendance that the goal is to make the schools safer for teachers and students but not through passing legislation that is guided by emotion.
“Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country,” Peter G. Billings, of Billings & Barrett, said. “Finding yourself in the midst of a gun charge case can be daunting. Be sure you know the gun laws before you decide to purchase a firearm.”
All those who spoke at the rally at the Bridgeport City Hall spoke out against arming teachers in schools in the state. The speakers don’t believe that this is the right answer to the gun violence epidemic.