Connecticut was the birthplace of the firearms industry in America, and it remains the country's seventh-largest producer firearms. But in the wake of the Newtown shooting, there is talk of bipartisan support in the Connecticut legislature for tougher gun laws.
Gun-control advocates in Connecticut have been saying they hope the state will serve as an example to the rest of the country. If Republicans and Democrats do end up working together on changing the gun laws, it will be interesting to which members of each party take a lead.
One likely leader is State Sen. Mike McLachlan, a Republican from Danbury, who plans to pursue legislation to close a loophole in Connecticut's law banning assault weapons. McLachlan was close with the family of Caroline Phoebe Previdi, one of the children who died in the Newtown massacre.
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