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Gun Rights Groups Sue Gov. Malloy Over New Gun Control Law

Claim law violates their constitutional rights to bear arms

By SUSAN HAIGH
|  Wednesday, May 22, 2013  |  Updated 6:13 PM EDT
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Gun Rights Groups Sue Gov. Malloy

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A group of gun rights organizations, pistol permit holders and gun sellers are suing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, arguing that Connecticut's new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport by the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, gun retailers in Monroe and Norwalk, and several individuals.

It challenges provisions extending an assault weapons ban to more guns and banning large-capacity ammunition magazines. The plaintiffs say their rights to bear arms and to equal protection under the law are violated.

The attorney general's office said it is reviewing the complaint, but believes the legislation is lawful and will vigorously defend it.

The law was passed after the Newtown school shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

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