Conn. moves to block gun sales to those on federal 'no-fly' list

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said he is taking the necessary steps to prevent sales of guns to anyone on federal government "watch lists," dubbed "no-fly" lists.

Connecticut is now the first state to try to prevent gun sales those those prohibited from flying — which comes as President Obama has called for similar federal action.

A spokesperson from Malloy's office said the Democratic governor plans to issue an executive order and is working with the White House directly to gain access to the watch lists, which include people who have not necessarily committed any crimes, but are suspected of having connections to terrorist groups.

"If Congress will not act, we in the states will,'' Malloy told a press conference outside his office Thursday afternoon, according to the Hartford Courant. He said the action is "simple common sense."