NSSF lawsuit against new gun laws

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- One of the nation's largest gun industry trade groups the 'National Shooting Sports Foundation' is asking the federal court to stop Connecticut's new gun laws.
   
It's the second federal lawsuit against the new laws that were passed in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

This latest lawsuit, joins one filed back in May.
      
That first lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the massive new state gun law. This new law suit claims the Governor and legislature violated their own rules that the process to make laws was violated.

"The bill was drafted behind closed doors and was rushed through in less than 24 hours and the law requires a statement, very clearly, the law requires a statement of facts as to why there's an 'emergency," said Larry Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation.
       
The reason the bill in April was fast-tracked is because the Speaker of the House and the leader of the Senate certified that it was an emergency called an 'e-cert bill' in state capitol jargon.
        
The bill was rushed through the Assembly and 'e-certed' with the blessings of Senate Republican leader John McKinney, whose district includes Sandy Hook.
        
And the Republican leader in the House, Larry Cafero.   Both were in those closed door meetings to draft the bill.
        
The head of the NSSF says there clearly was no emergency and the certification statement proves it.

"Here, the statement that was filed, which is attached to our complaint, simply says; 'we need to pass this law because we need to pass this law," said Keane.
       
The Governor's office issued a statement saying they believe the new law improves public safety and that the challenges will be unsuccessful.
      
The Senate President Pro Tem says "the gun manufacturers that support the NSSF apparently believe that the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School were not worthy of emergency-certified legislation after extensive hearings and meetings."

The legislature did conduct many public hearings that brought out huge crowds, but the NSSF lawsuit contends those were only informational hearings, that there was never a public hearing on the final law the e-cert process allows for that under the rules of the legislature.

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