Suit Filed Over Country's 'Toughest' Gun Law
Groups, individuals say Connecticut law is unconstitutional
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
Bill Stevens of Newton Conn. and his daughter Victoria, 10, listen to the speakers during a gun rights rally at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford Conn. on Saturday April 20, 2013. The Connecticut...   (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Jared Ramsdell)

(Newser) – The toughest-in-the-nation gun-control law passed in Connecticut in the wake of Sandy Hook shooting is getting its first legal challenge—but state officials don't seem worried. The Connecticut Citizen's Defense League and Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen have, with an assist from the NRA, filed a lawsuit that claims the law (which bans 100 types of assault weapons and magazines that can contain more than 10 rounds) violates the state Constitution and Second Amendment. "Criminals and the mentally ill will not abide by this terrible law, which means it has the perverse effect of actually making citizens and law enforcement officers less safe," CCDL's president said.

A spokesman for Gov. Dannel Malloy told the Connecticut Post the lawsuit was expected, and didn't seem too flustered. "In prior instances where Connecticut has passed common-sense restrictions on firearms, there have been challenges. They have all been unsuccessful." In addition to the two sportsmen's groups, the lawsuit names eight individual plaintiffs, including a woman with one arm who cited her difficulty in quickly changing magazines as the reason why she needs high-capacity versions to protect herself.

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May 23, 2013 9:02 PM CDT
Ok let's see which part of Connecticut's new law is unconstitutional. Is it A) the part of the Second Amendment that says "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State," prevents Connecticut from passing their new gun law, or is it B) the part that says "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."? Hmm. I think I see a problem in the Second Amendment lol I know, maybe I should ask these guys what they think the correct answer to that problem may be lol gee, I can't imagine what their opinion on the problem might be like lol ;)
May 23, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
some of the biggest hypocrites in this issue i think are gun control advocates who own guns. mostly the gubs owned are hand guns. the gun that makes up the vast majority of our problem. are in fact handguns. yet no one is really wanting to address these are they? pwhy dont people like giffords give iup the guns they own that are in that deadly category? and why wont any of these people adress the numbers and the facts? they are going for feelings not aolutions. its pathetic.
May 23, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
The root of this debate: Who knows when the first school shooting (resulting in death) occured? A: 1966 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It wa sa .22 caliber handgun (not a semi-auto). The young man shot a teacher and student, killing the teacher. 1 shot or 15...take your pick, they all kill. The number one reason for these types of crime occuring? Unstable Familes and bullying in school...(although I don't really understand the bullying thing, I do undertstand that perceptions vary) Ya, sure the new laws will help (really?). Maybe we should get to the root of the problem and stop covering up the obvious. Big Govt can't fix this...only we can. I guess that whole "We the People" actually meant something, unfortunately many in our country today "expect" big brother to fix it all. Until we take it upon ourselves to do something, expect the same....wait, that's the definition of insanity, right?