Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy wants to ban people on federal terrorism watch lists from buying firearms in the state.
Connecticut would be the first state in the country to adopt such a restriction.
"Since Congress so far has failed to act, we will,'' Malloy said in a statement. In November, he sent a letter to congressional leaders encouraging them to take action on the issue, reported Newsweek.
He is working directly with federal officials to use government watch lists for his intent and, upon approval, will sign the executive order, Newsweek reported. He urged Congress and other states to take similar action.
Individuals on the terrorism watch list are banned from flying, and Malloy noted: "If you can't fly without clearing government watch lists, you shouldn't be able to buy a gun."Why anyone would stand idly by and knowingly allow those on government watch lists to purchase guns is truly unbelievable."