State gun laws vary significantly throughout the country. Connecticut's gun laws are among the strictest. That's in no small part due to the Sandy Hook massacre. Less than four months after 26 children and educators were killed in Newtown, Connecticut Republican and Democratic state legislators joined forces to pass sweeping new gun legislation.
So-called "stand-your-ground" laws have been in the news in recent years, particularly since the death of Trayvon Martin, In some states, these laws are cited by defendants who have injured or killed someone whom they said was threatening their them or someone else.
Connecticut state Senator Tony Hwang has promised to re-introduce legislation to toughen legal penalties for those convicted of making threats of violence against schools by adding language to the state's current threat laws. Hwang first introduced The Zero-Tolerance Safe School Environment Act in the last session. While it passed unanimously in the senate, the house never voted on it. The new legislative session is scheduled to begin on Feb. 3.
Many of our readers have heard about the numerous incidents of laser pointers being directed at pilots. Earlier this year, a dozen commercial airliners over New Jersey were reportedly the targets of lasers being directed at them. Obviously, many Connecticut residents fly in and out of airports in the New York area near where the lasers were reported. The potential danger is so serious that in 2012, President Obama signed a law that made aiming a laser at an aircraft a federal crime.