Group files lawsuit over state's new gun legislation
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A group is suing the governor and other state leaders in an effort to block the recent gun control laws passed after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Officials with the National Shooting Sports Foundation said the law was improperly introduced and then voted on, without proper public hearings.
"Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen's organizations" said Lawrence G. Keane, who is the senior vice president and general counsel for NSSF.
The NSSF represents gun manufacturers from across the country.
The state said it plans on working with the attorney general's office to defend that legislation.
"We've known for some time that groups opposed the to the new gun violence prevention law would be filing suit against it. We believe the bill improves public safety, and we will work with the Attorney General's office to defend it," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. "Let's not forget that this has happened before. In prior instances where Connecticut has passed common sense restrictions on firearms, there have been challenges. They have all been unsuccessful."
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