© 2022 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Pedro Segarra on Gun Control

Chion Wolf


American politicians at all levels have been debating the role of guns in society since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. State lawmakers have struck a deal on expanded background checks on rifles along with a broadening of the assault weapons ban and a ban on the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines. But even in the state that’s been touched directly by this violence, lawmakers struggled to reach bipartisan consensus.  

After discussions yesterday, a set of proposals is now ready for a vote - lawmakers themselves are calling it the “toughest in the nation.”

The legislation includes a so-called “grandfather clause” that would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines but not their possession. 

This compromise fails to satisfy the coalition called Mayors against Illegal Guns.  That group, headed up by New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, has been outspoken in support of very tight gun restrictions - born from the fact that cities are indeed still where most people die by gunshot.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is among the mayors involved.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content