Gun Control Advocates Put Pressure On Lawmakers

On Wednesday gun control advocates had their turn to put the pressure on state lawmakers.

They came to the State Capitol in Hartford hoping to convince legislators to vote for tougher gun laws.
"I'm hoping that we can push them to do something significant and stop stalling," Michelle Ku, a Newtown resident, said.
Legislative leaders continue to talk behind closed doors to come up with new gun legislation.
Meg Staunton and Nancy Lefkowitz, the co-founders of the grass roots group March for Change, met with Republican House Leader Larry Cafero. They hoped to persuade him to support tougher gun laws. They met for about 15 minutes.
"We had a friendly conversation," Lefkowitz said. "I think he feels as we feel. We all want to pass legislation that will make people feel safer."
"I think what needed was dialogue because there is so much misinformation that's going around and I think we had a very frank conversation," Rep. Cafero said. "We agree on so many things."
Cafero said if there isn't one bill that a bipartisan group of lawmakers can agree upon, they should vote on the things they do agree upon and then vote on the others they don't.
Governor Dannel Malloy supports a ban on assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines as well as tougher background checks. The weapons and magazine bans appear to be the sticking points in the bipartisan talks.
Lawmakers had hoped to have a bill by now.
"Do I think the people of Connecticut have waited long enough? Gov. Malloy said on Wednesday. "The answer is yes. I do think they've waited long enough."
Two days earlier thousands of gun rights supporters came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers.
The state's gun manufacturers say they might be forced to leave if new laws are passed. Governor Malloy said he is not worried.
"These products can be sold in other states and so we don't want to limit the ability of manufacturers, who have a long history in our state, to continue in our state," Malloy said.
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