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Sandy Hook Families Sue Gun Maker

The parents of 9 children and one teacher, who survived the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, are suing the businesses behind the rifle used in the tragedy.

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, the law firm that is representing the families announced Monday that is has filed a lawsuit against Camfour, a gun distributor, Riverview Gun Sales and the Freedom Group, the company that owns Bushmaster.

The lawsuit was filed a day after the second anniversary of the event, where Adam Lanza, used the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six adults. The suit claims that the weapon used should not have been entrusted to the general public, because it is a military assault weapon not suitable for civilian use.

“The AR-15 rifle, designed as a lightweight but fearsome combat weapon for troops in Vietnam, can expel 30 bullets in a matter of seconds, each of which is capable of piercing body armor and causing catastrophic injury,” the suit claims.

So far no comments have been made by the defendants named in the lawsuit.

Missouri expands firearm legislature to schools

A new law passed in Missouri will allow specially trained school employees to bring firearms onto school campuses, and these employees will be designated as “school protection officers.”

The new law allows any person with a valid concealed carry permit to openly carry their firearm of choice wherever they please, including in areas where firearms are publicly banned, such as schools.  This law also supersedes any city or town ordinances which ban the carrying of firearms in public.

School boards in Missouri already allow for teachers to carry concealed firearms on campuses, but the new law would require the Department of Public Safety to set up training courses and guidelines to train specific teachers or administrators for the new role of “school protection officer.”

“I think it’s important that we train those individuals if they are going to be carrying,” said state Senator Will Kraus, R-Mo., according to the Huffington Post.

While states such as New York, California, and Connecticut have expanded gun law restrictions since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, according to ABC News, Missouri has become the 10th state to pass some sort of legislation to allow school employees to carry firearms within the premises of a school.

While Republican leaning states have tried to allow more guns into schools for protection purposes, Democratic leaning states have tried to restrict guns in schools for the same reasons.

Senator Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, Mo., however, said this law would make things worse.  “The reality is we’re making our cities less safe,” Justus said.

Thousands Of Connecticut Residents Commit Felony By Failing To Register Firearms

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Thousands of gun owners in Connecticut technically committed a Class D felony when they chose not to register their semi-automatic rifles with the state last month. Gun control laws passed in April, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting, required Connecticut residents to register all military-style rifles with the state by January 1, 2014.

According to estimates, only about 15 percent of rifles owned by Connecticut citizens were registered by the New Year. The Courant reported, “No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000.”

Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, told The Courant, “I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register. f you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem.”

Despite the fact that the new law was widely covered by Connecticut media, many citizens likely did not register their guns simply out of ignorance. Scott Wilson, president of the Second Amendment advocacy group Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said, “There are a lot of people, they just do not know about this law. There are people finding out now after the fact.”

Other Connecticut residents, however, did not register their firearms on purpose. Guglielmo met one man at a town hall meeting who knowingly did not come forward and register his military-style rifle. Guglielmo said, “He made the analogy to prohibition. I said, ‘You’re talking about civil disobedience, and he said ‘Yes.'”

It is unclear if those who violated the new law will be held accountable, given that determining the exact number of new felons is a “guessing game.”

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