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Fairfield Democrats approve resolution asking for action on gun violence

Published 7:07 am, Thursday, January 10, 2013
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The Fairfield Democratic Town Committee this week approved a resolution supporting federal action to stop gun violence in America in the wake of the massacre at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The committee plans to send the resolution to Gov. Dannel Malloy and federal officials, including President Barack Obama, the state's U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, as well as the rest of Connecticut's congressional delegation, according to a release.

"This is not the first terrible consequence of gun violence in our state or our country, but it is the one that is driving people to think and speak out on the issue," Ellery Plotkin, the committee chairman, said in a statement.

The resolution states the nation has "finally reached the tipping point to demand stronger, meaningful federal firearms regulation" following the Dec. 14 shootings and thousands of yearly firearm deaths in America.

The local Democrats also want new federal firearms regulations to include, but not be limited to:

- An updated, comprehensive ban on assault weapons with no expiration date;

- Eliminating the gun show loophole for firearms registration;

- Limiting the capacity of magazines for both handguns and long guns;

- Federal regulation of ammunition sales for handguns, long guns and assault weapons, including a national database recording all ammunition sales.

The resolution further states that the committee supports federal funding of mental health studies to determine what might be done to reduce gun deaths, but new federal firearms laws should be enacted without waiting for the results of such studies.

"This resolution shows the Fairfield DTC cares," Ann Stamler, a Democratic member of the Representative Town Meeting for District 5. "It speaks to Newtown and our country, and I am honored to support it."