Conn. lawmakers seek to fund gun trafficking group

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut legislators hope recent interest in stopping gun violence after the Newtown school shootings will prompt lawmakers to adequately fund the task force charged with enforcing the state's gun possession and trafficking laws.

Funding and staffing for the Statewide Firearms Trafficking Task Force has dwindled since the entity was created in 2000. Today there is only one state police detective assigned to the unit.

Both Sen. Anthony Guglielmo, a Republican from Stafford Springs, and Rep. William Tong, a Democrat from Stamford, have proposed separate bills this session to fund the task force.

Guglielmo said the task force has a good record of removing illegal guns from the streets.

Both bills were scheduled to be discussed on Friday at a public hearing before the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee.

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