The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon.
"With less than 24 hours remaining before we are told voting will begin in the State Senate, very few legislators have even seen, let alone had time to read and analyze, what we hear is 100 pages of proposed legislation that is being called the strictest set of gun control measures in the nation. This is being done without the benefit of a public hearing where bill language can be addressed and with a large number of unanswered questions.
"We all abhor the tragedy that took place in December at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. That sad day will always be seared into our hearts. It is difficult to see, however, how the measures put forward in outline form by the General Assembly's leadership would do anything to meaningfully prevent future tragedy or reduce the criminal misuse of firearms. When we know the common denominator in the mass killings of recent years has been the mental instability of the perpetrator, we have yet to hear any proposals to address this great failing in our society.
"Instead, we have a situation where law-abiding citizens will face greater restrictions on their Second Amendment and state constitutional rights, while Connecticut's firearms manufacturers will be forced to pay a price economically for the state's double-standard of you can build it here, but not sell it here, public policy formulation."
The National Shooting Sports Foundation statement comes after Gov. Dannel Malloy called the bipartisan agreement on gun control unveiled Monday by lawmakers, "arguably the most comprehensive package in the country."
Lawmakers proposed limiting magazines to no more than 10 rounds, and those who currently have larger magazines would have to register them with state police.
They also proposed strong penalties for anyone who carries large ammunition magazines away from home or a gun range.
The state would also become the first in the country to create a dangerous weapon offender registry and there would be universal background checks for assault weapons.
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