National gun association buys ads against Malloy

Democratic candidate for governor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, gestures during a debate as opponent Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley, left, looks on, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Norwich, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The gun industry’s national trade association is purchasing advertising in the Connecticut governor’s race aimed at defeating the incumbent who signed wide-ranging gun control legislation last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.

Records released Saturday by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission show the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation is spending $56,400 on political mailings.

NSSF Senior Vice President Lawrence Keane said Saturday that the mailings going out to voters will focus on statements and actions by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that the organization sees as reflecting hostility toward the state’s gun manufacturers and gun owners. It is the first investment in the race by the powerful lobbying organization.

Malloy, a Democrat, is in a close race for re-election against Republican businessman Tom Foley.

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