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Obama Will Speak To Newtown Families In Effort To Pass Gun Control

  • 07.15.13 10:48 AM EDT

A little less than four months since the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama will return to Connecticut to make the case for strengthened gun-control laws. Last week, Connecticut's governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a package of reforms that make the state's gun laws among the strictest in the nation. 

The President, speaking at the University of Hartford, just an hour's drive from Newtown, will be joined on stage by relatives of the victims of the Newtown shooting. Obama aims to highlight Connecticut as a positive example of the sort of gun laws we need nationally (Connecticut's bill includes universal background checks, restrictions on assault rifles and a ban on high-capacity magazines), and to put pressure on Congress. The House and Senate returned to DC this week after a 2 week break and will restart debate on a stalled national gun reform bill.