Senate President Pro Tempore Don Williams, D-Brooklyn, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s newly filed federal lawsuit claiming the post-Newtown gun-control bill, approved this past spring, is “unconstitutional and void.”
Among the organization’s claims is that the Senate and House abused the “emergency certification” procedure that avoids the normal legislative committee deliberation process and public hearings.
“The National Shooting and Sportsman Foundation cannot accept the fact that Connecticut responded to a horrific tragedy with common sense reforms that achieved broad bipartisan support. The gun manufacturers that support the NSSF apparently believe that the murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were not worthy of emergency-certified legislation after extensive public hearings and meetings.
“This is part of a shameful national campaign to intimidate legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, from requiring background checks and keeping weapons of war out of the hands of those who would harm our children. The NSSF should place the safety of our communities above the profits of gun manufacturers and encourage other states and Congress to follow our model of bipartisan progress regarding gun violence, school safety, and mental health services.”