McKinney lone GOP candidate to back gun bill

John McKinney

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader John McKinney is defending the gun control bill passed in the wake of Newtown school massacre, setting himself apart from four other Republican gubernatorial candidates appearing at the first debate of this year’s election.

Given the Democratic majority in the General Assembly, McKinney said “it wasn’t a matter of whether they were going to pass a bill.” Rather, McKinney said he and other Republicans helped to make a product that’s “better for the state of Connecticut.”

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said he would have sent the bill back to the legislature, saying it didn’t do enough to address mental health issues. Other candidates agreed, also raising concerns about the infringement on Second Amendment rights. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti said the new law “doesn’t solve anything.”

Below is a previous story on the debate

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The majority of the Republican candidates hoping to defeat Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November are facing off in their first debate.

Five of the six candidates are scheduled to appear on Friday at the Mark Twain House.

The list includes Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Avon attorney Martha Dean and former West Hartford Town Councilman Joe Visconti are expected to attend. Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the party’s candidate in 2010, is not anticipated to appear.

Connecticut Republicans are endorsing candidates for the party’s slate on May 16 and 17. Some candidates said they hope to win enough support at the convention to wage a primary.

The debate is sponsored by the Hartford Courant and Fox CT.

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