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Colt Shuts Down Plant, Sends Workers To State Capitol

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File photo of a semi-automatic weapon. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a semi-automatic weapon. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of one of the nation’s oldest gun manufacturers says he’s concerned Connecticut lawmakers are just trying to pacify Connecticut’s gun companies by listening to their concerns about proposed gun control legislation.

Dennis Veilleux (VAY’-yoo), president of Hartford-based Colt’s Manufacturing Co., questions whether lawmakers understand the ramifications of various proposals. On Thursday, he closed the plant and bused about 400 workers to the state Capitol so they could personally tell legislators their livelihoods may be at risk.

Veilleux told The Associated that if Connecticut bans AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifles, Colt’s customers will take their business to another brand.

Legislative leaders have been trying to craft a bipartisan response to the Newtown school shooting for an upcoming vote. Meanwhile, a legislative committee heard testimony Thursday on numerous gun control bills.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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