U.S. Supreme Court to discuss Connecticut gun law

US Supreme Court in Washington (AP Photo/File).


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The head of Connecticut‘s largest gun owner rights organization, the ‘Connecticut Citizens Defense League‘ is speaking out on the latest moves by Connecticut lawmakers following the nightclub massacre in Orlando.

This group is the same one that brought out thousands of people to the state capitol three years ago, in the unsuccessful effort to stop passage of tougher gun control measures in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

In the aftermath of the nightclub massacre in Orlando, the head of the ‘Connecticut Citizens Defense League’ with over 23,000 gun owning members, says the membership has one important goal as Connecticut’s members of Congress renew the push for more gun control measures.

“They want to make sure that we are not disarmed because of the actions of what a lunatic of one form or another…is out there doing,” said CCDL President Scott Wilson.

Because it has proven to have flaws, the group also opposes the effort to ban those who are on the federal ‘no fly’ list from purchasing firearms. They note that the Orlando shooter was investigated three times and that should have been a red flag when his name was submitted by a Florida gun dealer for a background check.

“It was not enough for them to go back and look and conduct a more thorough investigation and possibly serve him with a search warrant. We do not understand why that is, but they seem to have dropped the ball,” said Wilson.

On this week of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to discuss whether or not to hear the challenge to Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Gun law. It was passed in the months following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It bans the sale of so-called Assault Style Rifles and ammunition magazines that can hold more than ten bullets. The law has already been upheld twice by federal district courts.

Mike Lawlor, the Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisor thinks the law will be upheld noting, “In 1994, the Federal Congress passed a similar assault weapons ban and that was never challenged successfully and they never even raised the 2nd Amendment issue in that particular case.”

The eight members of the nation’s highest court are scheduled to talk about the appeal of the Connecticut law behind closed doors tomorrow. Most Supreme Court watchers tell us they think it is unlikely the high court will consider the appeal, especially now with a 4 to 4 ideological split on the court.

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