Newtown Activists Issue Call For Change As Gun Industry Trade Show Opens

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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Mayoral candidates pledge to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns

STAMFORD — Democratic mayoral candidate David Martin toured Stamford’s police department Monday with District 146 state Rep. Gerry Fox and Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

Martin, who serves on the Stamford Police Foundation’s board of directors, pledged to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns if elected. Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who is not running for reelection, joined the coalition shortly after the Dec. 14 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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What’s Left For Gun-Control Advocates After Crash-And-Burn In U.S. Senate?

One of the phrases repeated often by advocates of stricter gun laws since the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre has been: “If not now, when?”

That rhetorical question became a literal one Wednesday when a federal gun-control bill crashed and burned in the U.S. Senate after months of elevated hopes by Democrats, based on a national surge of emotion at the murders of 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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