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Malloy: ‘There’s A Reality That 19,000 People Are Going To Commit Suicide Because There’s A Gun In Their House’

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. (Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. (Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday to discuss Connecticut’s new gun control law.

The wide-ranging legislation, passed in the wake of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, extends the state’s assault weapons ban to include more guns, bans large-capacity ammunition magazines and expands background checks, among other initiatives. Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 children, before turning the gun on himself.

“There is a certain reality that America’s got to get used to that guns aren’t making you safer in your house. They’re increasing precipitously the opportunity for your child to kill themselves or someone else,” Malloy told CBS New York following his meeting with Bloomberg. “There’s a reality that 19,000 people are going to commit suicide because there’s a gun in their house. And if there wasn’t a gun in that house and they didn’t commit suicide at that time, their chances of committing suicide at any time decreases by 90 percent.”

Malloy, a Democrat, also discussed his efforts to prevent urban violence.

Bloomberg has worked with some family members of the 26 victims at Sandy Hook to push for stronger federal gun control laws. He is also a co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that includes more 850 mayors from 44 states.

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