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Ridgefield Selectmen Look To State For New Gun Laws

Many towns and cities around Ridgefield are holding gun buyback programs. Ridgefield may work with other towns to set up such a program.
Many towns and cities around Ridgefield are holding gun buyback programs. Ridgefield may work with other towns to set up such a program. Photo Credit: TJ Buzzeo, File photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – No new specific gun laws will be written for Ridgefield, but town leaders want the topic to be prominently addressed by the Connecticut Legislature this year.

“There are extreme points of view going on both sides of the gun issue,” Selectman Di Masters said at Wednesday night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

“We can make changes that are positive in our state, and, really, it’s the state laws that need to be improved,” said Masters, who wants the selectmen to sign a resolution on the issue to send to state Rep. John Frey, R-Ridgefield, and state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton.

Masters suggested limiting high-capacity magazines, initiating a uniform gun registration and examining mental health services in the state, all issues that Boucher told The Daily Voice were on her agenda for the legislative session.

Many gun control issues pertain to state and federal laws, so little can be done on the local level.

“We don’t want to take away the rights of those who are very responsible and enjoy the sport of hunting,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Wednesday night. “But that doesn’t mean we sit down and do nothing.”

Ridgefield can look at school security, said Marconi. And a $515,000 security initiative has been included in the district's $83.9 million proposed budget for 2013-14.

A gun buyback program is also a possibility, Masters said. Police Chief John Roche spoke to her about working with police chiefs in nearby towns to create a template for the program, although details were not yet available.

Readers were asked to comment about gun control on The Daily Voice's Facebook page. Jim Levy said the gun laws are not strict enough.

“Make it tougher. And don't say, 'guns don't kill people.' They do. And they are a tool that makes it a lot easier for people to kill people. And don't say, 'then sick people will find another way to kill.' They might. But let's control the easy to obtain weapon and make them use harder to obtain options,” Levy said in his post.

But another reader disagreed. “Leave it alone. CT has very strict laws as it is. New laws won't change the crime rate,” Christine Arnold posted.

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