State Representative Christopher Perone (D-Norwalk) was pleased to vote in favor of Senate Bill 1160 last week. The comprehensive, bi-partisan package addresses gun violence, school security and mental health issues.
“Senate Bill 1160 takes a major step towards all-inclusive gun reform, closing loopholes and instituting universal background checks on long-guns and ammunition,” Rep. Perone said. “The most important role of government is to ensure the safety and security of our families in Norwalk and around the state.”
Senate Bill 1160, An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, speaks to the three issues of gun violence prevention, school safety and mental health. The gun violence prevention section requires universal background checks on all gun and ammunition sales, creates a first-in-the-nation statewide dangerous weapons offenders registry, expands Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, expands the scope of the firearms safe storage law and bans future sales of magazines larger than 10 rounds.
The school safety portion establishes a School Safety Infrastructure Council which will develop standards for school building projects, requires schools to develop safety plans, and requires safe school climate committees to investigate instances of disturbing or threatening behavior reported to it.
The mental health portion will offer mental health first aid training to teachers and educational professionals, increases case management in probate courts and establishes a program to make mental health professionals available to pediatricians for training and referrals.