HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they hope this week's passage of a sweeping gun control bill in Connecticut will prompt support in Washington for universal background checks, tougher gun trafficking laws and a ban on high-capacity magazines.
Joined by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, the lawmakers who dub themselves "Team Newtown," in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, plan to renew their efforts this week and next. They hope to persuade their colleagues to support gun law changes. They appeared on the steps of Hartford City Hall.
Murphy said he hopes the passage of Connecticut's bipartisan legislation will be "a turning point in the national discussion about gun violence" because the state has shown that Republicans and Democrats can work together to reduce gun violence.
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