Religious, civic leaders press gun manufacturers

Some of the guns seized in a four month coordinated anti gun trafficking investigation in New Haven and Bridgeport. (WTNH / Mark Davis)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Religious leaders from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey are joining elected and police officials to call on gun manufacturers to tighten distribution systems and develop smart gun technologies.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson and Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra are scheduled to join others Monday issuing their request as part of the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign.

The campaign seeks to use the leverage of city and state buying-power to push the industry to respond to demands to improve safety.

The group said it organized in response to the fatal shooting in December 2012 of 20 children and six educators at a Newtown elementary school and gun violence in U.S. cities.

The gathering is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at Margaret Morton Center in Bridgeport.

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