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Orlando victims look to Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun maker

WASHINGTON — Families of those massacred in an Orlando nightclub are weighing whether to follow the Sandy Hook families that have filed a lawsuit against makers of assault rifles like the one Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six adults. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to consider Sandy Hook gun ban

The U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment Monday to consider a challenge by Connecticut gun owners to gun controls the state passed in response to the shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school by a gunman armed with an AR-15, 30-round magazines and high-powered ammo. Continue Reading →

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Court upholds post-Newtown gun laws in Conn., N.Y.

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the central provisions of the sweeping gun control laws passed by the New York and Connecticut legislatures in response to the mass murders of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Continue Reading →

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After Sandy Hook, firearms remain big business in CT

Wooed by Texas and other states after the passage of the post-Newtown gun restrictions last year, Stag Arms still makes its AR-15s in New Britain, though the company blames the recent layoffs of 50 workers on gun control. But the company has adapted: The version pictured above is still legal to buy in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut General Assembly passes bipartisan gun bill

In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation’s most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation’s worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre. The Democrat-dominated legislature passed the sweeping measure with significant Republican support, a rare bipartisan gesture on a political and cultural issue that has divided America, deadlocked Congress and stymied a president who promised strong action. “I want to tell you how proud I am of you and how proud I am to be a member of this General Assembly,” House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, told his colleagues. “Keeping children safe is not a partisan issue — it’s not,” House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said as the seven-hour debate ended at 2:26 a.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign the bill into law at noon at a public ceremony in the Old Judiciary Room of the Capitol. The Senate vote was 26-10, with 20 of 22 Democrats and six of 14 Republicans in support. Continue Reading →

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New Britain company soars with AR-15 sales — for now

New Britain — Mark Malkowski celebrates 10 years in business May 1. Under other circumstances, he might expect the governor to drop by to celebrate the unlikely story of the local kid who opened a factory at age 24 in a city desperate for jobs. That’s not going to happen. Malkowski, now a boyish 34, is president of Stag Arms, a company located in a complex of unmarked buildings. Its only products are a line of black semiautomatic rifles that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to make illegal to sell and difficult to possess in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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