October 11, 2017

Connecticut officials renew push for federal gun legislation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation on Friday renewed their calls for tighter controls on guns in response to the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro spoke to dozens of people at a rally in New Haven.

The three Democrats said they will be submitting new legislation and resubmitting old bills on universal background checks, banning high-capacity magazines and prohibiting so-called “bump stock” devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used bump stocks as he killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 attending a country music concert before taking his own life Sunday night.

This week, the Trump administration, top congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association surprisingly embraced regulating bump stocks. Most Republicans and the NRA have stood firmly against stricter gun laws in recent years, despite a series of mass shootings including the killings of 20 children and six educators at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

Some parents of the slain Newtown children were among the crowd Friday.