Gun Rights Groups File Lawsuit against state of Conn. over gun law

May 22, 2013

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A group of Connecticut organizations that support gun rights, pistol permit holders and gun sellers filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, arguing the state’s new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.

The plaintiffs are seeking a federal court injunction to stop the law from being enforced.

Wednesday’s suit comes more than a month after Malloy signed into law a wide-ranging gun control package that extends the state’s assault weapons ban to more guns, bans large-capacity magazines and expands background check requirements. Considered one of the toughest laws in the country, it was a response to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lead attorney Brian Stapleton said the plaintiffs’ core complaint is that the assault weapons and large-capacity magazine bans violate their rights to bear arms and to equal protection under the law. Stapleton, a partner withGoldberg Segalla LLP, with offices in Hartford, New York and elsewhere, is also the lead trial counsel in the challenge of New York’s new “Safe Act” gun control law.

The plaintiffs in the Connecticut lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, include the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, gun retailers in Monroe and Norwalk, and various gun permit holders ranging from a rabbi in Fairfield to an 80-year-old widow living in Hartland.

via Lawsuit filed against state of Conn. over gun law – Houston Chronicle.

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