HARTFORD, Conn. – A coalition of gun control advocates on Thursday marked the anniversary of Connecticut’s sweeping 2013 firearm regulations and promised to support the re-election efforts of the public officials who helped to pass it.
During a state Capitol press conference Thursday, advocates commemorated the first anniversary of a law that has seen Connecticut ranked as having the second strictest gun laws in the nation. It was passed last year following the 2012 murders of 20 school children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Proponents praised the law as bipartisan and an appropriate response to the severity of the Newtown shooting. Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said his group has been raising money and plans to spend it this year on behalf of candidates who supported the bill.
“For their good work, many of our lawmakers have been severely attacked. But we’re here to pledge that we are with them,” Pinciaro said. “. . . The purpose will be to inform the public that important public safety reforms are being threatened because gun rights activists will not accept laws enacted by the will of the people and the constitutional process in Connecticut.”
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