NORWALK, Conn. – Yet another non-binding resolution is up for consideration at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting but we can expect the results to be much more favorable than other resolutions presented in recent months.
The Resolution in Favor of Responsible Gun Laws and their Enforcement is bipartisan and is sponsored by seven of the 15 council members: David McCarthy (R-District E), Michael Geake (U-District B), Sarah Mann (R-At Large), Bruce Kimmel (D-District D), Jerry Petrini (R-District D), Michelle Maggio (R-District C) and David Watts (D-District A).
WHEREAS, firearms are used in over 2,000 crimes every year in Connecticut.
WHEREAS, in Connecticut, 60 percent of murders are committed by illegal firearms.
WHEREAS, in Connecticut, 23 percent of “small-city” 9th and 10th graders and 15 percent of affluent suburban 9th and 10th graders said that it would be “sort of easy” or “very easy” to get an illegal gun.
WHEREAS, in Connecticut, more than 85 percent of gun crimes are committed by people who cannot legally purchase guns.
WHEREAS, in Connecticut, there is already a ban on the sale of “assault weapons” as defined in Sec. 53-202a Chapter 943 of the Connecticut General Statutes as well as other laws related to the purchase of guns.
WHEREAS, on June 27, 2012, a Meriden convenience store owner named Ibrahim Ghazal was shot and killed by a violent felon with illegal gun related felony convictions released under the state’s“Early Release Program.”
WHEREAS, in Connecticut, of the 7000 prisoners released under the “Early Release Program,”over 10 percent of them have been arrested for subsequent violent crimes, including many shootings with illegal guns and are back behind bars.
WHEREAS, in the City of Norwalk, even while the overall crime rate has plummeted in the last sixyears, any crime committed with an illegal gun is of concern.
WHEREAS, Norwalk has experienced its share of gun violence due to the spread of illegal guns of all kinds.
WHEREAS, the city of Norwalk, its police department, and the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have experienced significant success in arresting those involved with the crime of gun running and illegal gun possession.
THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Common Council of the City of Norwalk that the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut should increase the penalties for illegal gun-related crime, especially when it occurs near a school, and cause the enforcement of those laws already enacted, and the prosecution of those arrested under those laws, and facilitate the incarceration of those convicted under those laws.
THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Common Council of the City of Norwalk that the chief of police is encouraged to continue his work to reduce the number of illegal guns on our streets.
THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Common Council of the city of Norwalk that the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut should suspend its early release program for violent felons for further study.
ADOPTED by the Common Council of the City of Norwalk on Feb. 12, 2013