HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s gun industry is speaking up, six weeks after a gunman opened fire at a Newtown elementary school, killing 20 children and six educators.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has scheduled a news conference Monday at the legislature with several of Connecticut’s gun manufacturers and a retailer to discuss the industry’s history and cultural contributions to the state.

The murders renewed a national debate over gun control. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says it has an open mind as it reviews President Barack Obama’s proposals for universal background checks on gun purchasers, restoring the assault weapons ban and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Colt Manufacturing, Mossberg & Sons, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Stag Arms and Cabela’s are expected to attend the news conference.


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