Skip to comments.Gun Owners Go To (CT) State Capitol To Protest Proposed Reforms
Posted on 03/11/2013 6:35:05 PM PDT by matt04
Busloads of gun owners went to the state Capitol complex Monday to publicly express their opposition to new gun-control measures following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But one of the state's most prominent gun-rights groups is already looking beyond the political battle and preparing for a legal one should lawmakers pass the sweeping restrictions supported by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature's Democratic majority.
"We would be remiss if we weren't looking at all options and all responsibilities," said Chris Duffy, events coordinator for the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a nonpartisan gun rights group with more than 4,000 members. "We are working on a plan of action and we have set aside a certain amount of money from our coffers for litigation as a prudent measure."
Still, Duffy and other gun-rights supporters said they hope their voices will be heard by lawmakers crafting the legislation. The "lobby day" was organized by the National Rifle Association, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen and the CCDL, which offered free shuttle buses between the Capitol and Cabela's in East Hartford.
Organizers put the crowd at 3,000 people, but state Capitol police did not provide an official estimate.
Paul Zukowski, a 49-year-old musician from Hartford, dropped off letters to his legislators, Rep. Angel Arce and Sen. John Fonfara, urging them to focus on mental health services, not gun policy.
"It's more likely that you would be hit by lightning than shot by a rifle in this state,'' Zukowski said. "These people are demanding things for no reason."
Gun-control opponents aren't the only group that will have a presence at the Capitol this week. On Wednesday, Connecticut Against Gun Violence will hold an event in advance of a planned online, print and radio ad campaign in support of new gun laws.
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The key is to go up there en masse on the days they are considering the bills. Flood the legislative building and the grounds around it and LOUDLY let them know that you do NOT support gun control.
Infringing on our God-given rights is described as "reforms" by these journalists? That is pathetic.
See you there!!
Pay special attention to SB1076, it's a doozy of new gun-grabbing regulations, but nothing to do with "the reduction of gun violence."
To journalists, you have no have no God-gven rights sad to say.
>>Organizers put the crowd at 3,000 people, but state Capitol police did not provide an official estimate.<<
Well, well. The Capitol police got trumped. Heh. B/c the pro-gun organizers *counted* the people getting on the shuttle buses, and had a sign-in table at the LOB.
Smart cookies,b/c at the last rally the paper was quoting the state police estimate as *hundreds*...when it was actually more than 3K....perhaps closer to 5K.
Thanks to all who went....good showing!
I understand the Democrap legislators were *unavailable* to their constituents. Gee. I’m shocked.
Hartford Courant/FOX CT Host Key Issues Forum On Gun Control
A Gun Battle in the Cradle of the Industry
(Hartford, CT) Richard Graziano, president, publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant and general
manager of WTIC and WCCT, announced today that the Hartford Courant/FOX CT will host a Key Issues
Forum on Connecticuts rapidly changing gun laws at the Mark Twain Museum Center on Friday, March 22, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Theres been little doubt since Newtown that the tragedy would change Connecticuts gun laws, already among the nations strictest. But how will these laws shape up? Will they stop mass killings and reduce crime in cities? How will they affect this states historic gun industry and gun owners constitutional freedoms?
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