Suit filed over Conn. gun law passed after Newtown

AP News
Posted: May 22, 2013 9:28 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of Connecticut organizations that support gun rights, pistol permit holders and gun sellers has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, arguing the state's new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.

The plaintiffs are seeking a federal court injunction to stop the law from being enforced.

Wednesday's suit comes more than a month after Malloy signed into law a gun control package considered one of the toughest in the country. The package was in response to the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook school shootings in which 20 children and six staffers died.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's office said the legislation is lawful and the office is prepared to vigorously defend the law against any court challenge.