HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants the federal government to give him access to its “watch lists” so he can deny gun permits to individuals who are on those lists.
The executive order Malloy is hoping to be able to sign once the U.S. Department of Justice gives him the green light would require those who apply for a permit to be checked against government watch lists.
Assault weapons already are outlawed in Connecticut, so Malloy’s executive order would additionally prevent an individual on the list from purchasing a handgun, ammunition, shotgun, or a rifle.
Malloy said he’s been in touch with officials at the White House and is in the process of getting access to federal watch lists. It’s unclear when he may receive an answer.
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