— Possession of a sawed-off shotgun or silencer.
— Theft of a firearm.
— Illegal possession of a weapon on school grounds.
— Criminal possession of a handgun.
— Selling or otherwise transferring a handgun to an ineligible person.
— Failure to document a handgun transfer with DESPP.
— Making a false statement in connection with purchase, sale, delivery or other transfer of a handgun.
— Carrying a handgun without a permit.
— Removing, defacing or obliterating the name of any maker, or model, or any maker's number, or other mark of identification from any firearm.
Looney had submitted a bill in 2011 in hopes of establishing the statewide registry, but after a public hearing in which most of the testimony was against it, it failed to advance.
One of the criticisms at the time came from James M. Thomas, the then-commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety, now known as DESPP.
"A requirement to create and maintain a gun offender registry would have significant fiscal impact to … the state," Thomas wrote at the time. "The public safety value of such a registry is questionable as arrest information for persons convicted of firearms offenses can easily be found utilizing the traditional record checks through National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the State Police Bureau of Identification (SBPI). In addition, many of these convicted offenders are under the supervision of either parole or probation and, as a consequence, are required to register their addresses etc. As a rule, parole and probation coordinate with local law enforcement as well."
Looney said the Malloy administration didn't feel that way about it this time around.
Under the "emergency-certification" process used to adopt the post-Newtown gun bill, there wasn't any public hearing with an agenda that specifically listed the registry proposal, as in 2011.
Some cities around the country, including New York and Chicago, have such registries, and access to them is generally restricted to law enforcement agencies.
Smith, the head of the Freedom of Information council, said he was impressed by the breadth of the gun-control bill produced in such a short time by lawmakers, but he said when legislation gets thrown together during closed-door negotiations, decisions can be made hastily. "I can see some back-and-forth and trade-offs, and somebody says 'well, we've got to keep this list secret.'"
The gun law also expands the state's existing ban on assault weapons to include a long list of new firearms, including the Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle that Adam Lanza used in the Newtown killings. It also requires universal background checks for purchasers of all firearms, even private sales between individuals. Also, the sale and purchase of large-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds are prohibited.
People who owned those large-capacity magazines before the law took effect can keep them under new restrictions, including one that they must register them with the state by Jan. 1, 2014. Similarly, those who already owned semiautomatic rifles now defined as assault weapons can keep them under new registration procedures.
Effective Oct. 1, all purchases of ammunition will require an eligibility certificate. To obtain certification to buy ammunition, purchasers also must pass a federal criminal background check. Such eligibility certificates will be required as of April 2014 for purchases of shotguns and rifles that do not fall under the assault-weapons ban. Penalties for illegal gun trafficking also will be expanded.
Jon Lender is a reporter on The Courant's investigative desk, with a focus on government and politics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-241-6524, or c/o The Hartford Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115 and find him on Twitter@jonlender.