REDDING- Last Monday State Reps. John Shaban (R-135) and Dan Carter (R-2) participated in a Gun Violence Prevention Public Forum at the Redding Community Center along with Redding Chief of Police Douglas Fuchs, Sen. Toni Boucher and representatives from Congressman Jim Himes and Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office.
The lawmakers and chief started with brief comments regarding the pending legislation on guns, mental illness and school security, and then took questions from the audience about the current legislative task force and related legislation. Chief Fuchs also provided a law enforcement perspective, and educated the audience by displaying an AR-15 rifle and explaining its operation.
Rep. Shaban said, “It was a good discussion, and I’m grateful to all who shared their thoughts and experiences. There was more agreement than disagreement about how to address the gun control, school security and mental health issues being discussed. Its now up to us to come up with some meaningful legislation that will provide productive and specific solutions, not symbolic ones.”
Rep. Carter said, “I would like to thank residents for their participation and feedback on these sensitive issues. I am committed to crafting legislation that enhances safety in our community, and focuses not just on responsible gun use and ownership but also mental health services and school security. I look forward to a continuing conversation with the community as the legislative process unfolds to ensure new laws accurately reflect what the people of Connecticut think is right for our families at this time.”