A firearms industry group has sued Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut and other state officials in an attempt to reverse the state's gun-control law that was passed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The federal lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Newtown, Conn., a trade association headquartered about thee miles from the school.
The suits seeks to overturn the sweeping state gun bill, that was pushed quickly through the state legislature and signed April 4 amid concerns from parents, residents, lawmakers and gun opponents who sought to staunch what they saw as a growing culture of gun violence.
The law banned sales of more than 100 military-style rifles, limited firearms with large-capacity magazines to 10 bullets and also impacted gun owners who fail to registered firearms with state police.
The lawsuit alleges the governor and state lawmakers abused their power by forcing the law into passage and asks that it be declared invalid.
"This is an action to vindicate the rights of the citizens of Connecticut whose federal and state constitutional rights have been adversely affected and significantly restricted by the passage of (the bill) through an abuse of the 'emergency certification' procedure, circumvention of the normal legislative process, and violation of Connecticut statutory law," the lawsuit reads.
It also says the Connecticut law violates the second-amendment rights of the 9,500 NSSF members.
Lone gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 first-grade students, teachers and staff at the school in December. Lanza died in the shooting, which shocked many around the nation who decried mass shootings, including at a theater on Aurora, Colo., and at Columbine High School in 1999, a deadly and shocking mass murder which forced schools and communities to revise school safety procedures.
The Sandy Hook shootings sparked a renewed national debate over gun ownership and control as some states sought to strengthen existing laws and others pushed back on heightened government control over gun ownership.
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