Connecticut’s two U.S. senators sent a letter Friday to Vice President Joe Biden that includes recommendations for reforming the country’s gun laws.
Biden is heading the White House Task Force on Gun Violence.
“The recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut reminded Americans of the horror that is possible when one deranged person can gain access to dangerous weapons,” wrote Richard Blumenthal and in the letter. “The weeks after this terrible mass shooting have been filled with grief and pain, as we have seen firsthand, but the strength and courage of the families and the community should inspire us to prevent gun violence in the future.”
In their letter, Blumenthal and Murphy say they support a new and expanded assault weapon ban that includes a ban on high capacity magazines. They cited Department of Justice statistics in their letter, saying that a previous ban was responsible for a nearly 7 percent decline in total gun murders.
In a statement issued Monday, Attorney General George Jepsen said his office is “aware of no facts or legal theory under which the state of Connecticut should be liable for causing the harms inflicted at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” Continue reading →
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday that there will be a recount in Newtown.
According to Merrill’s preliminary figures, Republican Mitch Bolinsky received 5,748 votes in the 106th state House race and Democrat Lisa Romano got 5,700 votes.
There will be a recount because the margin between the candidates was within 0.5 percent of the total votes cast. It is required by state law.
The recount must be completed within five business days of the election.
“After many closely contested races, we only have one recount taking place for any results in Connecticut following yesterday’s high turnout presidential election,” Merrill said in a prepared statement.
The 106th House District seat was an open seat this year. Democrat Christopher Lyddy currently holds the seat, but did not run for re-election.