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Protest for gun rights held outside political event in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

People, who supported gun rights, protested a political event in New Haven Thursday night.

The chairman of the national Republican party spoke at a small fundraiser where several candidates attended. Protestors said they feel some of those Republicans in attendance were selling out to their own party.

The fundraiser held at the Owl Shoppe, which is a cigar shop in downtown New Haven. Reince Priebus, who is the chairman of the national Republican party, spoke there Thursday night.

Several Republican candidates, who have either run for office or are now running, attended but, they were met by protestors across the street from the cigar shop.

Many of the protestors were tea party supporters, who feel these candidates are not representing their party, because they support gun restrictions.

"I think we have a big party in a big tent in the Republican Party with people with different ideas," said Republican John McKinney, who is running for governor. "At the end of the day though, I think you will see Republicans will coal less around a deal on fiscal conservatism, lowering taxes, getting our state budget under control."

Connecticut passed sweeping changes in the state's gun laws last year as a result of the shooting at Sandy Hook, where 26 people lost their lives.

Those attending Thursday night's fundraiser paid $125 a ticket to hear what the chairman of the national Republican party has to say about upcoming elections.

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