Newtown-Based Gun Rights Group Sues Over CT Gun Control Laws

Newtown-Based Gun Rights Group Sues Over CT Gun Control Laws

Newtown, Connecticut-based National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has filed a lawsuit claiming Connecticut’s new gun control laws were passed in an emergency fashion which allowed those pushing the laws to bypass “proper public input [and] adequate reviews by members of the General Assembly.”

Their lawsuit also claims Connecticut lawmakers never provided an explanation for why they had to take on gun control in a secretive, emergency fashion in April to begin with. 

NSSF senior vice president and general counsel Lawrence G. Keane said, “There was no emergency and so there’s no statement of fact for why this [was] an emergency.” He said the impetus for the legislation was purely political.

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) signed the 139 pages of emergency gun control legislation into law on April 4. According to, NSSF is asking a U.S. District Judge to strike the body of laws before they can be further implemented. 

Many Connecticut-based gun companies began looking to leave Connecticut for more gun-friendly states once the laws passed. For example, PTR Manufacturing has announced it will be relocating it’s AR-15 manufacturing facility to South Carolina and taking jobs there with it. 

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