Hundreds rally at state Capitol to protest new gun laws

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Hundreds of people rallied at the state Capitol Saturday to protest new gun laws passed a year ago.

“I came to show my support for 2nd amendment rights that we’ve had for 331 years since the Constitution was put in place,” said Daniel Holt of Wethersfield.

Saturday’s rally was organized by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League. The goal is to try and pressure lawmakers to repeal gun laws enacted a year ago in the state. Some of those new laws put restrictions on ammunition and expanded the ban on assault weapons.

“They will do no good which has been proven,” said Kevin Ranno of Bristol. “They only affect law-abiding gun owners such as myself and my friends here today.”

The new laws came in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults in December 2012. Gun owners at the rally told News 8 that what happened in Newtown was without a doubt a tragedy but add that these new laws are ineffective.

“I don’t feel that those laws have been changed or are going to stop that,” said William Dennis of Berlin. “Someone with bad intent is going to find a way to do something unfortunately.”

Despite the turnout, this is an issue that has two sides. There also were people who support the new laws here in Connecticut.

“We saw the tragedy in Newtown, we’ve seen far too many tragedies and far too many deaths,” said Jason Paul of Colchester.

That’s why people in the state agree that something had to be done and believe the new laws will help. But for gun owners, they say they will stand by their right to bear arms.

“The criminals are the ones that have the guns, which in most cases are illegal, and they are not the ones affected by laws that have been passed, we are,” Ranno said.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s