Connecticut governor rips into the NRA

Posted at 1:01 AM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 01:01:43-04

HARTFORD, Conn. (PIX11) – Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is blasting the leader of the NRA after criticism over the state’s new weapons laws.

Malloy signed the nation’s strictest gun regulations into law Thursday. Almost immediately afterward the NRA’s Wayne La Pierre fired back, saying the new laws would not have prevented the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Malloy offered a scathing response on CNN this morning.

“Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus,” he said. “They get the most attention and that’s what he’s paid to do. But the reality is is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an assault weapons ban.”

“I can’t get on a plane as the governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me,” he added. “Why should you be able to buy a gun? Or buy armor-piercing munitions? It doesn’t make any sense. He doesn’t make any sense. Thus my reference to the circus.”

The new law includes a tougher assault weapons ban and limits magazine capacity.