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.

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