A coalition of gun owners, gun dealers and firearms rights organizations have sued the governor and members of the state's attorney's office, contending that the gun law passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings violates the Constitution.
State officials have been expecting a challenge to the legislation, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law April 4. The law, opposed by many gun owners and others who say it is an infringement of Second Amendment rights, drew support from Republicans and Democrats.
"The act was rushed through the legislature without thorough debate or meaningful public examination," says the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. "The act irrationally bans pistols, rifles, shotguns, and magazines that are commonly used for lawful purposes by countless law-abiding citizens in Connecticut and throughout the United States. The act violates plaintiffs' fundamental rights under the Second Amendment and...