State lawmaker wants U.S. Constitution amended to ban assault weapons

Published on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:12
Written by The Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) - A top Democratic state lawmaker in Connecticut is raising the idea of convening a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban assault-style firearms.

Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, majority leader of the state’s House of Representatives, acknowledged Tuesday it’s a “tall order” to get two-thirds of the state legislatures to agree to call a convention, given fear it could veer into other issues.

He says there’s little confidence Congress will do anything to address gun violence and this effort would give people “hope and something to do with this energy and passion” they’re feeling after the latest mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Connecticut passed bipartisan gun violence legislation after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, including an expanded assault weapons ban.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:12. Updated: Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:14.