Bringing gun control momentum to U.S. Capitol

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Gun control advocates from Newtown joined with Mothers United Against Violence in Hartford Friday making a call to congress.

They say the momentum that sparked the bi-partisan gun control law at Connecticut's Capitol must be brought to the U.S. Capitol.

President Obama's speech in Hartford on Monday will kick off a nearly non-stop lobbying effort to get votes in the U.S. Senate.

"I believe we are on the cusp of 60 votes to reach the floor with the bill," said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

That's what Sen. Blumenthal told gun control activists from Newtown and Hartford Friday about the amendment he is working on.

"The NRA wants a filibuster on this bill because they don't want it to come to a vote on the floor," said Senator Chris Murphy, "they know that Republicans are fearful of the political consequences of continuing to be obstructionists."

Later this month, Blumenthal will attempt to introduce a federal ban on high capacity ammunition magazines like the one that became law in Connecticut Thursday, along with universal background checks.

"I can't predict what the outcome will be when the vote is taken," Blumenthal said, "but I'm increasingly hopeful that we are close to that 60 vote margin that we need to reach the floor." 

And Sandy Hook families will be helping Blumenthal and Murphy with U.S. Senators that appear to be on the fence.

"Some of the families who lost children and spouses will be traveling to Washington D.C. next week to work with our leaders to insure that now that Connecticut has done the right thing, Washington will too," said Lee Schull, Sandy Hook Promise.

Blumenthal and Murphy say the gun control momentum symbolized by Thursday's signing of the big gun law by Governor Malloy must be brought to Washington.

"Our first task is to get this bill on to the floor and once we do, I think that with Connecticut's example leading the way there are going to be more Republicans than people may think joining us to support these efforts," Murphy said.

The President will speak about gun control during a speech late Monday afternoon at the University of Hartford. Live team coverage on News 8 and starts at 5 p.m.

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