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Malloy to request more information from gun companies

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MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The governor said he wants more information from leaders in the gun industry, and Monday night a community group met to end gun violence.

The group is called CONECT, or Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut.

"It's depressing. It's emotional, it gets to me every day. I cry. I come home and I'm crying sometimes," said Kim Washington, who replays the day in her mind when two of her students were gunned down near a school in New Haven.

The group joined church members and the community to discuss what can be done to end gun violence, specifically how to hold gun makers accountable.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said besides having some of the toughest gun laws in the country, there is always more that can be done, like buyback programs and gun locks. Malloy said he, along with "a bipartisan list of leaders," is signing a request for information. Malloy said the RFI is to get   a "clear sense" on what the gun industry is doing to improve the public safety.

"For a generation, we've been hearing that it's not guns that kill people, it's people that kill people," Malloy said in a statement on Monday. "If that's the case, then the gun industry has an obligation to tell us what they're doing to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them."

The RFI will seek "basic information" including "a company's distribution practices and technologies to improve gun safety," according to Malloy's office.

"Time and again, we have seen the horrific results of inaction," Malloy said. "It's time that states and municipalities use the power of the purse to move the market in ways that will improve public safety."

Malloy said the RFI will allow gun companies to "embrace smart gun technologies," and "make ballistic tracing by law enforcement easier."

Current laws require that from now on, when someone purchases a firearm in Connecticut a background check must be performed on the purchaser.

"We anticipate that we will be better able to trace the origin of firearms that ended up in the hands of criminals and irresponsible gun owners," said Dr. Dora Schriro, who is the commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in a statement Monday. "We plan to reach out to responsible firearms manufacturers to analyze this information and work with us to stop these illegal transfers."

On Monday evening, Malloy will meet with community leaders, including New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett at a roundtable discussion.

The discussion is at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint Gabriel School on 1 Tudor Road in Milford.

The Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut organized the event.

"Gun violence is a daily threat in some of our communities and threatens the sanctity and civility of life for all of us everywhere," said Pastor Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, who is the co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Bridgeport and leader in CONECT, in a statement Monday.

Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau have also agreed to sign the RFI.

For more on the RFI, click here.

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