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MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION AND PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION AND PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
“We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.” — Mayor Bronin


HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin called on Congress to take action by passing a common-sense ban on assault weapons in the wake of a massacre in Orlando — targeting the LGBT community — the largest mass shooting in U.S. History.

“It should not be possible for an individual filled with hate to walk into a gun store and walk out with a military-style assault weapon,” said Mayor Bronin. "As a nation, we’ve seen tragedies mount as military-style assault weapons allow a sick and evil individual to inflict more pain than one individual should be capable of inflicting. Enough is enough.”

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban, prohibiting the manufacture, transfer, and possession of 19 specific semi-automatic assault weapons, including AK-47s, AR15s, Uzis, and MAC-10s — ammunition devices that could fire 10 or more rounds.

The Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004. Since then, several mass shootings have occurred that involved weapons that were previously illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban, including: Virginia Tech, VA (2007); Fort Hood, TX (2009); Tucson, AZ (2011); Newtown, CT (2012); and Orlando, FL (2016).

Following one of the worst mass shootings in American history that involved the killing of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, CT, Gov. Malloy signed common-sense gun legislation expanding Connecticut’s assault weapons ban.

In December of last year, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 (H.R. 4269), which would renew the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. The bill has 125 co-sponsors, including: Rep. John Larson (D-CT); Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT); Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT); and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). The last action on the bill was referring it to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on January 15, 2016.

“In Connecticut, Governor Malloy and legislators have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including an expanded assault weapons ban,” said Mayor Bronin “Connecticut is grateful for the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the rest of our congressional delegation who have been strong, consistent advocates for common-sense gun reform, and it’s time their colleagues step forward. We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.”

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