HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Urban residents who’ve lost loved ones to gun violence are urging Connecticut lawmakers to focus on stopping gun deaths in cities in addition to addressing the Newtown school shooting.

New Haven mother Kim Mozell said policymakers need to find out where the guns being used in urban crimes are coming from. Her son, Thomas, was shot and killed last March, a week before his 19th birthday. She said similar crimes happen too frequently in cities.

Besides registration of all handguns and universal background checks, a group of urban families Tuesday voiced support for mental health services targeting urban youth who experience various kinds of violence in their lives.

New Haven Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield said the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus plans to recommend law changes focusing on challenges facing cities.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. )


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