HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Representatives of Connecticut's gun industry say more should be done to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental health issues rather than banning some guns that would cost jobs.
Industry officials spoke at the Capitol on Monday, the first time they addressed gun issues since 20 children and six educators were killed at a Newtown elementary school on Dec. 14.
Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the trade group the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says banning weapons such as assault rifles would not be effective.
The industry says gun companies employ more than 7,000 workers in the state who have incomes averaging $71,000 a year.
Rich Roland, a worker at Mossberg & Sons in North Haven, says he's concerned jobs would be lost if guns are banned.
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Amanda | January 29 2013 6:34am
The state I moved from had much tougher gun laws. You had to get a background check for ALL firearms, even rifles. About 30% of the people applying failed the background check and were denied the weapon. If you bought a gun at a gun show you picked it up 2 weeks later AFTER a background check, and you picked it up from your local police station. Purchases of ammo were limited to 50 rounds at a time. I don't see an issue with any of these going into effect in CT.
Hosed-by-the-system | January 28 2013 1:07pm
lets see.....incomes averaging $71,000 a year...mostly union jobs I would bet....gonna be interesting...............
Alex | January 28 2013 8:07am
The gun industry is loving this. The y have everyone so worked up they are making a fortune. They know that no one is going to take guns away, but they are pushing the threat of it to make money, and the sheep are swallowing it whole
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