A state lawmaker who represents a portion of Newtown is drawing criticism from gun control advocates for comments he made on social media.

In an exchange on Twitter last night, Rep. Dan Carter, R-Bethel, said advocacy groups on “both sides” in the gun control debate are responsible for gun deaths. He cited the NRA as well as two groups calling for stricter gun control laws: the Newtown Action Alliance and Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

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HARTFORD — Commemorating Connecticut’s first anniversary of tougher gun laws, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn’t mince words on Thursday, loudly challenging the National Rifle Association to support the federal Affordable Care Act and help expand opportunities for mental-health treatment.

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Newtown gun control advocates gathered Monday in front of National Shooting Sports Foundation headquarters and called on the gun industry to change its marketing practices, reigniting a polarizing debate the day before the annual firearm industry trade show opens in Las Vegas.

The activists called on Newtown-based NSSF to stop marketing military-style assault weapons, to stop marketing guns to children and to support stronger background check requirements on gun sales, a measure that failed to gain passage in the U.S. Senate last April.

They held a press conference across the street from the old, white Colonial-style building that houses the gun industry’s trade association – just a few miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed in Dec. 2012.

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