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Governor Malloy Talks With Biden on National Gun Policies

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    Gov. Dannel Malloy said that he has had discussions with Vice President Joe Biden about a national plan to curb gun violence and they are on the same page.

    In the days after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, President Barack Obama appointed Biden to lead the task force to come up with up with recommendations to change the nation's gun policies.

    Joe Biden said on Thursday that he will deliver recommendations to President Obama by Tuesday.

    "I have committed to him that I will have the recommendations to him by Tuesday," Biden said.

    “I had a great conversation yesterday with Vice President Joe Biden and I know he is preparing his recommendation to the president,” Malloy said while appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday morning. “He's got this down pretty well. He understands what we need to do to make it less likely these things are going to happen in our cities and towns.”

    Malloy’s appearance on Morning Joe came the day after he delivered his State of the State address and said armed guards inside schools are not the answer to the problem of gun violence.


    On Thursday morning, Malloy told a national audience about his desire to get assault weapons out of the hands of everyday Americans.

    “These high-capacity magazines, they don't make any sense in our country. We don't need those things. No one is going deer hunting with them. You don't use that to protect your house,” Malloy said.

    Malloy has set up The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission
    to make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention. This is just one local effort to curb gun violence.

    Republican Minority Leader John McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, has introduced a bill to ban high-capacity magazines.

    Malloy said on Thursday that federal laws also need to be in place.

    “Close all loopholes. Every gun purchase has to have the same vigor attached to it, no matter where it occurs in our country,” Malloy said.

    Malloy also discussed the importance of treating people with mental illness and getting them the help they need early on.
     

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