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CT Gun advocates push for right to armed self defense

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Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Connecticut gun advocates said they're recommitted to fighting for armed self defense.

Connecticut Carry said it is reminded of the importance of a part of the Connecticut Constitution that said "every citizen has the right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state."

The group identified the words as Article 1, Section 15 of the state constitution.

It said it was also reminded of its own battles in the state to ensure that residents are not disarmed by the state when going about their lives.

The group said residents and visitors to Florida can not carry firearms in an establishment that serves alcohol.

It said in reference to the Pulse club shooting during which 50 people, including the shooter, were killed that "disarming people only enables this kind of bloodshed."

The rogue law disarmed the innocent people at the club, according to Connecticut Carry.

"The only thing that will ever stop such a soulless and evil human being is a human being, or human beings, who have become resolute in their right to armed self-defense that then practice that right at the correct time," the group said in a news release.

Connecticut Carry called the incident in Orlando another example of how the Connecticut legislature is working to make its residents less safe.

"Just because you want to go out and imbibe alcohol, does not mean that you should somehow lose your right to defend yourself or find yourself a helpless victim of a mass murderer," said Rich Burgess, president, Connecticut Carry. "The lost and injured individuals in Orlando deserved better, and the residents of Connecticut deserve better. Shame on anyone that would disarm a person that has not infringed upon the rights of another person."

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed sweeping state gun control measures into effect in 2013.

It expanded an assault rifle ban, added additional background checks on gun purchases and ammunition purchases and limited magazines to no more than 10 rounds and created a dangerous weapon offender registry.

Malloy said at the time that 92 percent of people supported universal background checks for assault weapons.

Information about Connecticut pistol permits and laws can be found here.

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