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Judge Dismisses Challenge to State's New Gun Laws

The court says Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation doesn't have the standing to challenge Connecticut's laws.

Supporters of the National Shooting Sports Foundation gather along side protestors of the organization outside its headquarters in Newtown, Conn., in March 2012. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Supporters of the National Shooting Sports Foundation gather along side protestors of the organization outside its headquarters in Newtown, Conn., in March 2012. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
A judge has dismissed the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) federal lawsuit of Connecticut's new gun laws.

In a ruling rendered Monday, Dec. 2, Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall said the Newtown-based organization does not have the standing to challenge the law, according to an article by the Hartford Courant.

"The foundation sued Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and lawmakers, charging that the law was adopted improperly as an emergency certification and did not pass both houses before it was signed by the governor, among other violations," Courant reporter Hilda Munoz writes.

In May, Connecticut adopted new, stricter gun laws in response to a shooting at Sandy Hook School that killed 20 students and six educators on Dec. 14, 2012. Among the measures included in the new laws are a 10-bullet limit on large capacity magazine clips and an assault rifle ban. 

NSSF, a trade organization that represents gun manufacturers across the U.S., did not immediately respond to the court's decision, The Courant reported. 

The organization maintains an FAQ on its website about Connecticut gun laws.

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