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Right now in Connecticut governor Dan Malloy about to sign one of the nation's toughest gun laws.
Including sweeping restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.
Along with background checks for all firearms sales.
Connecticut lawmakers quickly approve -- wide ranging legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting at sandy hook elementary school in new town.
Gun rights advocates say creating more burdens for law abiding citizens is not the solution for stopping massacres.
The democratic governors signing the bill into law with strong support from the families of the victims in Newtown.
Today's signing comes a day after President Obama -- latest push to reduce gun violence by imposing tighter restrictions on gun ownership rights.
In Denver yesterday the president was urging swift action.
Every day that we wait to do something about.
Even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives.
By a bullet from a -- -- good news is Colorado.
Has already chosen to do something about.
Well the jury is still out on whether or not we'll see new gun laws on the federal level but when it comes to states more have actually expanded the rights of gun owners since Newtown.
This year five states have passed -- tighter laws while ten states have passed new laws giving gun owners more rights.
Let's talk about it with AB Stoddard a columnist and associate editor of the hill.
Interesting dichotomy there AB some states are saying more guns would be a better thing in this environment.
Right well this is illustrative of the fact that the NRA.
Just is a much more powerful much more organized and established.
Interest group -- protecting the rights of of gun owners and gun manufacturers.
And this new effort since new town by Michael Bloomberg and congressman former congressman Gabby Giffords and her husband.
These new groups mayors against illegal guns and the other ones they -- just getting started this caught them too soon they're not prepared.
-- to really take on the NRA that is so active at the grassroots level -- localities and states across the country.
And it and any vulnerable.
Senate Democrat who you know was from Iran seeking -- reelection in a red state.
And is pro -- but finding themselves under pressure from the party to vote.
Up from new controls and he Republican who he reads these national polls and learns that 81% of Republicans.
Support expanded background checks and 91% of Americans do as well.
-- this you know political upside.
To making a compromise here because they're not hearing from gun owners who support universal background checks.
They're hearing from gun owners who don't want further controls and that as a result of the organization empower the NRA doesn't mean that these groups.
Won't win the battle Sunday with a -- 1% approval rating.
For expanded background checks but it doesn't look now.
If you see what's going on Washington like they're gonna win that battle this year.
-- so is there is that the future is is it going to be sort of a patchwork of laws in individual states.
Well that's what it is ordinary SEC Colorado Connecticut and New York moving on.
More restrictions you see other states as you said.
-- loosening them.
Easing the path to concealed carry arming teachers and school and other personnel -- one.
I guess town in Georgia even.
Making a new law that everyone should own gotten on whether they like it or not so.
This is going to be a patchwork it is similar situation to what we're seeing with gay marriage even though.
There's now a strong majority in support of it nationally doesn't mean it's gonna change.
-- in certain states especially red states so.
This is a long battle for gun control advocates and they have to get in the resources.
At ready and they have to engage at a local levels to get people who are -- -- -- to support those background checks and are and aren't members -- to say.
You know all common petition and surround your office congressman selling so if you don't vote with me right now they're not seeing that they're only hearing from people.
Who think that -- an expanded background check is gonna lead to a national registry at registry and ultimately to confiscation who knows we hear a loud voices.
We hear the president you know talking a lot about gun control -- -- he actually picking up the phone and leaning on some of these senators.
Well we don't know how much of that is going on behind the scenes I think the criticism from gun control advocates frankly.
Is that the president got going too -- that he waited too long until after Newtown.
And it's understandable what they were doing there were trying with all the gun control support.
Groups to sort of create a united front not them let -- -- -- -- individually.
You know too depressing complain about the process but in that period of time you did see a dip in support.
In the strength of the of the of the new support for background checks and now we're looking at a threat not only forget the assault weapons bans are.
Restrictions on how can I magazine -- really looking at whether or not.
Background checks and gun trafficking restrictions are now.
I'm in danger of being filibustered -- -- however you know seeing a vote in congress all right AB Stoddard from the hill but -- on thank you thank you.
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