Ganim, Blumenthal Push Firearm Reform

News release from Mayor Joe Ganim:

Mayor Joe Ganim today joined Connecticut US Senator Richard Blumenthal and a number of Bridgeport community leaders in calling for common sense gun safety reforms at the state level in Connecticut and at the national level in Congress. Specifically, Mayor Ganim is calling on members of the Connecticut General Assembly to pass legislation that has been proposed to ban so-called ‘bump stocks’ or other hardware enhancements which can attach to a semi-automatic rifle and can turn it into a rapid fire military type automatic assault rifle. Ganim is also calling on Connecticut lawmakers to ban so-called ghost guns==weapons that are untraceable, have no serial numbers on them, and can be purchased in pieces over the internet and assembled by the consumer. Senator Blumenthal has recently proposed bipartisan legislation with South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham this week proposed the “Federal Extreme Risk Protection Act” that would take numerous measures to allow the federal government to prevent someone deemed a danger to themselves or others from purchasing, acquiring or possessing a firearm.

“Connecticut has been a leader in enacting common sense gun laws and now we need to go one step further to keep all of our communities safe,” said Mayor Ganim. “We have already banned military style assault weapons and enacted various other safety measures that have made a real difference in reducing gun violence. Now we clearly need to ban bump stocks and other attachments that can turn semi-automatic rifles into killing machines. This is what we saw tragically in Las Vegas. It should never happen to anyone else. We also need to make illegal the ‘ghost guns’ that our law enforcement community cannot even trace because they have no serial numbers.  Taking these two steps will help reduce the risks of gun violence that have tragically taken too many lives here in Connecticut and across the country.”

“Something has changed in this country. People have seen enough and now they want something done. The only question is–will we have the political strength to break the vice-like grip of the NRA and the gun lobby on Congress to follow Connecticut’s model?” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “We will need the courage of people all across Connecticut and this country who stand up and say enough is enough. The bill that I have introduced with Senator Lindsey Graham will allow ordinary citizens to do something when they see troubling signs of potentially dangerous behavior. No one who poses a danger to themselves or who threatens others should have a firearm. This bill allows people to seek a court order that would bar dangerous people from possessing a firearm.”

Bridgeport State Representative Ezequiel Santiago said, “Youth in Bridgeport have been losing their lives to illegal guns for decades. These reforms are long overdue, but are very welcome and extremely important. I am fully committed to doing my part to enacting this common sense tightening of our gun regulations. It will be a challenge, because the gun lobby is very strong not only in Washington but right here in Connecticut as well. But our duty to protect the lives of innocent people from illegal guns is stronger and will prevail.”

State Rep. Steve Stafstrom, D-Bridgeport, House vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said, “In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the demand for stricter gun laws is stronger than ever. To address the national epidemic of gun violence, it is crucial that we pass legislation that further limits access to weapons of mass murder. This year, the legislature’s Judiciary Committee has introduced a series of bills that will prevent additional people from falling victim to gun violence and will help keep guns out of the hands of those people who should not possess them. By banning bump stocks and prohibiting people who cannot purchase a gun from ordering ‘ghost guns,’ we honor the intent of our existing law prohibiting possession of an automatic weapon and requiring a background check to purchase a firearm, thus making our schools, public places and streets safer.”

Bridgeport State Representative Jack Hennessy said, “As a military veteran, I do not want people to be able to possess weapons of war in our communities, putting innocent people at risk. I am totally in support of banning bump stocks and ghost guns. Connecticut needs to continue to lead the way towards sensible gun control.”

Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence said, “Five years ago we had one of the most horrific tragedies that happened in our country right here in Connecticut. Just like Parkland only a few weeks ago, Sandy Hook rocked us to our core, to our foundation. These mass shootings are not stopping or slowing down, it is only getting worse. Our communities are never the same after such tragedies. All we are asking for here is just common sense gun reforms to save lives. That is all we are asking for. After Sandy Hook, we all came together to change the law, and we banned assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and we strengthened background checks. As a result, Connecticut became one of the safest states in the country because of our strong gun laws. Strong gun laws save lives.  And we did this without arming a single teacher. More guns equals more gun deaths.”

Bridgeport State Representative Charlie Stallworth said, “Instead of guns empowering bad people to terrorize our neighborhoods, our communities must take control of the countless untraceable, illegal firearms that have plagued generations of kids. These sensible legislative ideas give our law enforcement officers the tools they need to curtail gun violence in Connecticut and we must do everything we can to make these reforms the new law in our state.”



  1. That press conference was very painful to watch.

    Welcome to Candidate Ganim’s campaign. What a train wreck.

    Dick seen a bigger camera in the back so he had to run………

  2. How in the Hell does a ban on so-called ‘bump stocks’ or other hardware enhancements which can attach to a semi-automatic, how does military grade weapons or how does ghost guns stop the people of Bridgeport from being killed by gun violence? Joe Ganim, Senator Blumenthal and the rest of these fools know Damn well that no one has been killed in Bridgeport by a rifle outfitted with a bump stock a military grade weapon or a ghost gun. Illegal weapons that find their way in the city come from gun shows where all you need is money to buy and nothing else.

    If you clowns want to make a difference in gun violence make it illegal to sell guns without background checks on both the seller and the purchaser, make selling guns at gun shows illegal and quit the BS like you really care about people’s well-being when you know very well what needs to be done. Can you legislative clowns say smart guns?

    1. D. Day we don’t agree on a lot of issues and/or post but I’d say this maybe the first.
      There is only one way to stop gun/rifle deaths and that would be to ban all guns/rifles and ammo.
      There is only one way to vehicular deaths and would be to ban all motor vehicles.
      There is only one way to stop all knife deaths and that is to take them away.
      There is only one way to stop people from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      Out of these examples and many more there is only one that cannot done by politicians and that is banning guns/rifles and ammo. As much as the democrats have and are trying to chip away at this goal I believe, via elections, they will re-position themselves and stop this attack.
      A couple few years ago the penalty for hit and run/evading responsibility, object or person, with a vehicle use to be a misdemeanor with a fine. Today a hit and run/evading responsibility, object or person, with a vehicle is a felony offence. 5 years in jail and a large fine. Hit a person or a mailbox with a car and leave the scene you can face up to 5 years in jail. I’m guessing there was a politician or a family member that was a victim of such incident and the punishment wasn’t severe enough so they changed the law.
      –Bottom line, restricting or increasing bullshit laws for legal gun owners simply restricts the people who are not committing the crimes. Increase the repercussions for committing gun related crimes and we all will see safer neighborhoods.

      1. After meeting with representatives of the National Rifle Association Donald Trump reversed himself on gun control. Mitch McConnell, et al, clammed up after that. The NRA has a membership of one-issue voters. Both the NRA and the firearms industry have boatloads of cash to lobby Congress and donate to political campaigns (the NRA gave more than $20,000,000.00 to Trump two years ago). If bribery doesn’t work they resort to ballot box blackmail.

        Unless and until the United States Congress passes coomon sense gun control and mental health legislation by a veto proof majority the nation will continue experience spasms of gun violence,

        Joseph P. Ganim doesn’t have the authority to effect change on the issue. Nor does he have the credibility. There have been many recent shootings in Bridgeport.

        Richard Blumenthal has the national stage. He has some juice in Congress. The Democratic Party is poised to retake majorities in the House and the Senate. The American people are fed up with a congress that does not have the collective kahunas to stand up to The Donald. The GOP’s steadfast refusal to take action on the rampsnt gun violence plaguing America makes them appear to favor gun rights over innocent lives. Lew Eisenberg and the test of the Republican establishment must believe their thoughts snd prayers will heal the injured and bring the dead back to life. This corporate delusion will cost McConnell, et al, the popular vote in November and control of Congress.

        It’s a safe bet the new Congress will draft gun control legislation including a permanent assault weapons ban–right after drafting articles of impeachment.

        1. I hope you don’t believe lobbyists are a one sided group of people and that President Trump isn’t the first and won’t be the last president or candidate who has received donations from lobbyists. As for the NRA being lobbyist, they and their members are fighting to maintain a constitutional amendment.
          It has been written and said the NRA spent $20 million on NRA advertisements supporting the Trump/Pence campaign. They did not give $20 mil to President Trump.
          Can you explain what you mean by “common sense gun control”?
          What would make sense would be to enforce the laws on the books, increase the punishment for violating laws and follow through with the punishments for such crimes. Here’s no brainer, stop giving public schools millions for not reporting crimes, P.R.O.M.I.S.E. program President Obama created.
          The laws and programs have been in place for years to limit gun crimes. The sympathizing judicial system is to blame for a very large percent of these issues.
          If you or anyone else thinks banning any rifle will change the outcome of gun violations or gun violence you all are part of the problem. It you come back with, “it will help”, you’re fooling yourself.
          I cherish all of my constitutional rights as they are.

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