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Conn. gov's panel issues early gun control ideas

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013

Hamden Mayor and commission chairman Scott Jackson said in a letter to Malloy that he realizes the governor may agree with some of the interim recommendations and disagree with others. But Jackson said the panel believes the report includes some "common-sense principles upon which short-term change is possible and action should be taken."

Legislative leaders have been meeting behind closed doors, attempting to write a bipartisan bill for consideration by the full General Assembly. A vote may be held this week or next. Besides recommendations from their own legislative task force, the panel has suggestions on gun control measures proposed earlier by Malloy, and this latest interim report from Malloy's commission.

Jackson said the commission plans to spend the coming months focusing on mental health services. Members are expected to present a comprehensive final report within the year, building upon the initial recommendations.

That report, he said, will respond to Malloy's proposals for gun law changes as well as the findings in the State's Attorney investigation into Newtown. Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III has said a report from the state police likely won't be ready until June.