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CT lawmakers calling for tougher gun laws

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The tragic mass shooting in California on Wednesday has renewed calls for tougher gun laws.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Connecticut’s congressional delegation have said “enough is enough,” but pro-gun groups said they don’t feel more gun laws will make us any safer.

Malloy has pushed for tougher gun laws in the state and said he feels the rest of the country should do the same.

"We have a national emergency - our children are being killed on a daily basis - our co-workers are being killed on a daily basis,” Malloy said. "I know and you know we would be safer if there were universal background checks."

Wednesday’s shooting in San Bernardino killed 14 people, but 400,000 have been killed by gun violence since 2001, which is roughly the same as the number of United States troops killed in World War II.

The state’s congressional delegation is blaming republicans for blocking common sense measures, like stopping those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list from buying guns.

"Inaction makes Congress complicit. San Bernardino ought to be a call to action,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Scott Wilson, from the Connecticut Citizens Defense League said California’s tough laws are not stopping gun violence.

"California has an assault weapons ban already in place and what did that do,” Wilson said.

He added that he feels the government should do a better job at watching people suspected of terrorism.

“If there is somebody that is a criminal, that's on that list, the police, the federal authorities should do their job and arrest people and remove them from society,” Wilson said.

On Thursday, the state's congressional leaders issued a statement saying "There is no excuse for allowing suspected terrorists to purchase firearms,” said the delegation. “For the third time this week, House Republicans blocked a commonsense measure to keep those on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist from legally obtaining deadly weapons. This is unconscionable. For the safety of the American people, Congress must hold a vote to close this dangerous loophole.”

Connecticut lawmakers feel those on that watch list should not have guns and they are also renewing calls to crack down on internet sales of guns, which can be bought without background checks.

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