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NRA Steps Up Lobbying Efforts In Conn.

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File photo of National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The National Rifle Association is stepping up its lobbying efforts in Connecticut since the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, helping to bus gun rights supporters to the state Capitol as legislative leaders try to craft a bipartisan response to the massacre.

Hundreds of gun enthusiasts turned out Monday, hoping to urge lawmakers to oppose various gun control proposals under consideration. NRA estimated 3,000 people but state Capitol Police could not confirm the figure.

John Hohenwarter, an NRA state liaison, said the national gun rights group decided a week ago to help organize the “lobby day” because there’s an accumulation of “made-for-TV lawmaking, not good policy,” now being considered in Connecticut.

He said lawmakers need to “take a step back” and “really think about what they’re about to do.”

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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