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NRA steps up lobbying efforts in Connecticut

Monday - 3/11/2013, 5:17pm  ET

Claudette Bleidner, center, of Southbury, Conn., stands next to a caricature she made of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy dressed as a Redcoat soldier, as a woman reads information of upcoming gun legislation during a "lobby day" held by the National Rifle Association and and other gun rights groups at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Monday, March 11, 2013. Both sides of the gun control issue are increasing pressure on Connecticut lawmakers, who are close to voting on changes to state law stemming from the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The National Rifle Association is showing a stepped-up presence in Connecticut.

The state never typically posed a challenge to the organization's mission until now, as it considers bills to respond to the Newtown school shooting in December.

The NRA helped bus hundreds of its supporters to the Capitol as legislators weigh those proposals.

NRA state liaison John Hohenwarter says the organization decided a week ago to help organize the lobby day because of what he called "made-for-TV lawmaking, not good policy."

He says lawmakers need to "take a step back" and "really think about what they're about to do."


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