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Sen Beth Bye and Rep Bob Godfrey Attack The Poor In Connecticut with new anti-gun bill

CT State Senator Beth Bye and Rep. Bob Godfrey ‘s recently introduced an anti-gun bill,  HB5268, (http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/CGABillStatus/CGAbillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5268) to ostensibly prevent gun violence – however what it really translates into is an attack on lower income gun owners who live in CT.
 
A recent report was published by the State of CT that showed the number of permit holders in each city and town in CT.  The statistics already show that less than 3.3% of residents in these urban areas legally hold CT Pistol Permits.  It is certain that with the introduction of costly consumer regulation for these citizens that these numbers will fall even lower and place these families at a higher risk of becoming victims of crime, or simply turn them into illegal gun owners.
 
City/Town
# of Permits
Population
Percent
Bridgeport
4031
144229
2.8
New Haven
2061
129779
1.6
Hartford
1912
124775
1.5
Stamford
3098
122643
2.5
Waterbury
3372
110366
3.1
Norwalk
2768
85603
3.2
Danbury
2170
80893
2.7
New Britain
2267
73206
3.1

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The percentage of permit holders in the suburbs and rural areas is much higher, and in some places as high as 13.5% of the population.
 
By introducing a bill which would tax ammunition at 50% and require firearm owners to maintain liability insurance, they are essentially making it economically impossible for lower income people in the inner cities to own firearms legally. With all of the gun crime that is prevalent in the inner cities of CT it is shameful that these two legislators would collaborate to put economic barriers forth which would make it incredibly burdensome for inner city lower income families to protect themselves from the rampant crime that plagues their neighborhoods.  Criminals will not obey these laws, and those who no longer will be able to afford to keep a legal firearm because of these laws will be at their mercy.
 
Being poor in the urban cities of CT often times means that you are trapped living and working in crime  ridden and drug and gang infested areas. It also means that even the most basic firearm restrictions disproportionately prevent you from having legal access to even basic self defense firearms that  you  might need to defend yourself and your family living in those dangerous neighborhoods.  With decreased police patrols or longer response times to 911 calls in some of these areas, it is essential for lower income families to have the means to protect themselves and their property.  Bills like the one proposed by Sen. Bye and Rep. Godfrey  mean that you will have to choose yet again what percent of your salary you will have to give up in order to pay the higher premiums these legislators propose to place on gun ownership.  It should be noted that any non-lawful discharge by an insured person would not be honored by any policy, so the very rare occurrence that the insurance would allegedly protect against wouldn’t be of any value to the policy holder. It should also be noted that both higher taxation on ammunition and the requirement of liability insurance would do nothing to curb gun violence.
 
The disproportionate impact of firearm restrictions like these proposed on lower income families is quite clear.  The fight for Second Amendment rights is not exclusive to the middle class or the wealthy. Many who struggle economically also legally own firearms in the state of CT and this type of legislation is a major assault on these people who also unfortunately live with crime day in and day out. To deprive these people of the right to bear arms because of the economic roadblocks that legislation like this imposes, is extremely unsafe and cruelly unfair.
 
With this legislation, it is apparent that Sen. Bye and Rep. Godfrey seek to punish all legal gun owners, and especially lower income gun owners, while making insurance companies and the State of CT rich, and at the same time do absolutely nothing to address gun violence anywhere in CT.

About the Author

lives with her husband Michael in CT. They have three grown children who were homeschooled and are now successfully pursuing careers. Judy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

She served as Vice President of Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) and was their legislative liaison. She now serves as Research Director for National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) providing parents across the nation with important information on legislative issues concerning parental rights and education.

Judy is the author of the blog “Consent of the Governed“

Most recently, Judy has been involved in various organizations and efforts to Restore the Republic, End/Audit the Federal Reserve, and to educate the public about the issues regarding their Liberty and Freedom, and is working to put a halt to the erosion of our rights. Judy is a fan of Ayn Rand, Seinfeld, Star Trek, Peter Schiff, Judge Andrew Napolitano, The Founders, JPFO, Appleseed, Von Mises, John Taylor Gatto, Wallace and Gromit, Dick Heller and Ruger (not in that order).

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- Judy Aron is the author of the Libertarian Blog "Consent of the Governed" Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

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