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Lawsuit Filed Against State Over Gun Law

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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. (AP) _ A group of gun rights organizations, pistol permit holders and gun sellers are suing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, arguing that Connecticut’s new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. The plaintiffs include the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, gun retailers in Monroe and Norwalk, and several gun permit holders.

The plaintiffs are challenging provisions that extend Connecticut’s assault weapons ban to more guns and ban large-capacity ammunition magazines. They argue both provisions violate their rights to bear arms and to have equal protection under the law.

Attorney General George Jepsen’s office said it is reviewing the complaint, but believes the legislation is lawful and will vigorously defend it in court.

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