Gun advocacy organization sues CT over assault weapons ban

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The National Foundation for Gun Rights is suing Connecticut over the state’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, a move taken to reduce the incidence of mass shootings in the wake of Sandy Hook.

Filed on Tuesday, the suit argues that the ban violates Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights and employs “politically charged rhetoric” intended to evoke an emotional response rather than technical terminology. He appoints Governor Ned Lamont; Patrick Griffin, State Attorney General; and David Shannon, the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Litchfield, as defendants.

State officials, including Lamont, hit back Friday, saying the ban was legal and supported by a majority of state residents.

“Connecticut cannot and will not allow these weapons of war to return to our communities. Not after Sandy Hook, after Uvalde, after Buffalo, Parkland, Orlando and far too many other senseless tragedies,” Attorney General William Tong said in a press release. “We need strong, sensible gun safety laws now more than ever. Connecticut’s assault weapons ban is legal, has already withstood legal challenges, and is strongly supported by the vast majority of residents in this state. We will vigorously defend the state’s ban on assault weapons and we will not allow anyone to endanger the safety of our children.

“We will not allow these common sense laws that prevent violent crime to be eliminated. When it comes to the safety of the people of our state, we must stand up and do the right thing – which is why I proposed to strengthen, not weaken, our Assault Weapons Act earlier. this year,” Lamont said in a press release, praising Tong for his work defending the statutes.

The ban was signed into law by then-Governor Dannel P. Malloy on April 4, 2013, just over four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 students and six educators, and came into effect the following day.


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