Gun groups sue to block new Connecticut gun law

MILFORD, Connecticut Thu May 23, 2013 4:20pm EDT

A woman at a shooting range in Connecticut April 2, 2013. REUTERS/ Michelle McLoughlin

A woman at a shooting range in Connecticut April 2, 2013.

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MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Leaders of Connecticut gun advocacy groups said on Thursday they had sued to knock down a strict new gun-control law passed in April because they believed the measure would not improve public safety.

In the wake of the December massacre of 26 people at an elementary school by a gunman, Connecticut adopted a tough new gun law banning sales of the sort of high-capacity ammunition clips used in that attack as well as expanding the range of weapons covered by the state's assault-weapons ban.

The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, one of the groups that brought the lawsuit, argued that the law violated the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms, and that it would not have stopped the brazen attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"This law will do nothing to prevent tragedies or solve the problem of crime committed with guns," Robert Crook, a 75-year-old hunter who serves as executive director of that group, said on Thursday. "Instead of violating constitutional rights, we need to get serious about addressing violence and mental illness."

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Wednesday, seeks an injunction to stop the law from being enforced.

It argues that the measure was drafted "in a hasty response to the tragic mass shooting in Newtown."

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson defended the new law.

"Our office will review this complaint and respond in court," Jepson said. "It is our belief that this legislation is lawful, and the Office of the Attorney General is prepared to vigorously defend the law."

Maryland and New York also adopted tougher gun-control measures in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

Last week a group of Colorado county sheriffs sued to block gun restrictions that state passed in the wake of a mass 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. The lawsuit argued that the sheriffs did not have the resources to enforce that law.

(Editing by Scott Malone)

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Comments (7)
Speaker2 wrote:
Frankly I wish we could pass a constitutional amendment that would restrict private gun ownership to single shot long rifles or shotgun and collect and destroy all other private weapons.

You don’t need large ammo clips to hunt. You don’t need military grade weapons to hunt.

On the other hand, you want to belong to a militia and keep your weapons stored at the Militia headquarters under lock and key unless practicing in a designated shooting range during Militia activities that’s fine, that covers Militia and the right to bear arms.

May 23, 2013 5:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
“Gun groups claim new Connecticut law discriminates against future school shooters.”

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WhyMeLord wrote:
Draft all the members of pro-gun groups into the military;
thereby, we could eliminate the need for a voluntary military,
greatly increasing our military might and power in the world.
Kind of like killing two birds with one stone, if you get my drift.

May 23, 2013 5:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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