Sen. McLachlan: Mental health policy to be paired with gun control debate []

December 27, 2012

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A debate about violence in America is being called for by Danbury State Senator Mike McLachlan. He says extremely violent video games and Hollywood releasing movies of carnage on Christmas Day need to be part of the discussion.

McLachlan researched existing regulations in Connecticut’s 1993 assault weapons ban over the summer to better understand how the state has some of the strongest gun control regulations in the country. He says weapons manufactured prior to the ban may be dismantled to recycle the part containing the gun’s serial number and rebuilt with modern parts that would otherwise fall under the existing assault weapons ban.

He adds that the weapon used in the Sandy Hook school rampage was not classified as an assault weapon and the definition should be reexamined.

McLachlan is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, but believes a civil discourse will be productive in finding solutions.