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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission expected to release report Monday


The governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission met to talk about ways to prevent another school shooting and eventually to make recommendations to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The commission is expected to look at 59 items that are up for consideration, but one plan tackling gun control is already getting a lot of criticism. 

The panel is reviewing current policies and looking to fine tune how Connecticut approaches school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention.

Among the 59 draft items for consideration, the issue of mandatory registration for any weapon sparked some debate.

"I can't support full registration," said Ron Chvinski, who is a Newtown schoolteacher.

However, not everyone agreed with Chvinski.

"I believe a police officer has a right to know whether there are guns," said Bernie Sullivan, who is a former Hartford police chief.

While not unanimous, the majority of the panel decided that will be included in the recommendations forwarded to governor. 

Other ideas that the panel will pass on to the governor include:

  • Mandatory background checks on the sale or transfer of any weapon
  • Mandatory registration for any weapon
  • Ban on the sale of armor piercing and incendiary ammunition
  • Advocating a limit on gun magazines to just 10 bullets

The commission was formed after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

Hundreds of workers from Colt Manufacturers told lawmakers new gun control laws will put them out of work at a rally at the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday morning.

An interim report is expected to be given to Malloy on Monday.

The chairman of the panel, Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, told Eyewitness News though his panel report will truly be interim.

He stressed there's a lot of interviewing of interested parties he wants done and quite a bit more focus on school safety and mental health recommendations as well.

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