Commission Issues Recommendations On Gun Laws, School Security
The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has sent its interim report to Governor Malloy, with its recommendations on areas to be considered for legislation regarding prevention of gun violence and school safety. Mental health issues were to be the commission’s third area of discussion, but members delayed those recommendations for a long-term study. Members acknowledged the governor may agree with some of their findings and disagree with others,. The governor named the 16-member panel following the December shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The report includes recommendations that the state consider mandatory background checks for sale or transfer of any fireearm – including those sold privately and at gun shows, requiring registration for any firearm, and requriing regular renewal of firearms permits– including testing the permit holder on handling of firearms and understanding of firearms laws and regulations.
The commission also recommends the legislature consider a ban on sale, possession or use of any magazine holding more than ten rounds, except for police and military use, banning armor-piercing bullets and limiting ammunition purchases.
They suggest required trigger locks at time of sale, and publication of a manual on gun storage at home.
On issues of school safety, the commission says it supports decisions by local school boards on most school safety matters, but does suggest all classrooms have doors which can be locked from the inside, and that exterior doors have hardware capable of what the reoport calls “a full perimeter locksown.” The report also calls for state guidelines to help all schools assess threats and the risk of threats, and guidelines on develolping emergency response plans, and provide local first-responders with blueprints and evacuation plans. And it suggests the state ask design and security experts for a list of standards to be included in school construction or renovation.
The commission also suggests a security training course for school staff.
And, finding that local resources can be strained by charitable donations after a tragedy, the members say the state should consider coming up with suggestions on dealing with supplies and providing information to the public.