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Malloy Praises High Court Decision To Leave Assault Weapon Law Intact

Gov. Dannel Malloy
Gov. Dannel Malloy Photo Credit: Jay Polansky, File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy praised a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday to not take up a challenge to an Illinois law that bans the sale, purchase, or possession of semi-automatic weapons that can hold more than 10 rounds in a single ammunition clip or magazine.

The law was passed in 2013 in Highland Park, Ill.

“This is a moment in which our nation and elected officials across the country are recognizing the dangers that high-capacity magazines and assault weapons can pose to our citizenry," Malloy said. "In the wake of our own state’s tragedy, we passed some of the smartest gun laws in the nation. It’s a law that we are proud to have passed."

After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly three years ago, where 20 children and six educators were killed, Connecticut passed some of the tightest gun and ammunition laws in the country.

“Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a Chicago suburb’s assault weapons and large-capacity magazine ban – a law very similar to what we have in Connecticut. That represents not just another step forward for commonsense gun safety – it also means that the constitutionality of Connecticut’s law is strengthened as its opponents attempt to undermine it.

"The Supreme Court’s decision is indeed another step forward for our own gun violence safety laws," he said.

Malloy and other state lawmakers, including U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, have called for tighter gun laws after recent mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., and Colorado Springs, Colo., where such weapons were used.

“As a nation, we need to take steps to prevent more unnecessary gun violence. Too many loved ones are being lost to needless tragedy. This is a moment to not only act in Congress, but to protect and uphold smart gun laws at the state level.”

The law had been challenged by the Illinois State Rifle Association, which said the weapons are popular and not unusual.

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