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August 12, 2019

W. Hartford adds voice to gun-reform chorus

Photo | Flickr via allnightavenue West Hartford's Town Hall at 50 S. Main St.

West Hartford is reviewing its public-safety protocols in the wake of America’s recent mass shootings, and the mayor has added its voice to the growing nationwide gun-reform chorus.

Mayor Shari Cantor said Monday that, in response to the recent fatal shootings in Ohio and Texas, she has asked Town Manager Matt Hart and her town public-safety aides to review the town’s response and prevention plans for mass-casualty shootings.

Cantor, a Democrat, also said she will introduce a resolution at the Town Council’s meeting Tuesday night, “calling on Congress to adopt comprehensive federal gun reform and fund research into gun violence prevention.”

“Since Sandy Hook, Connecticut has some of the strongest gun laws in the country,” Cantor said in a statement. “But because gun violence is easily exported from other jurisdictions with weaker gun laws, local government can only do so much. Congress has a moral responsibility to take steps to stop the epidemic of gun violence in this country. States and towns cannot do this alone.”

Cantor said she also intends to contact Connecticut’s congressional delegation to discuss proposed reforms banning sales of high-powered, automatic weapons and other prohibitions akin to ones this state enacted following one of its worst gun massacres in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012. 

These include “Ethan’s Law,’’ mandating safe-storage of weapons; and a ban on sales of certain individual gun components that can be assembled into “ghost’’ guns.

The mayor said she also joined more than 200 other mayors nationwide in signing a letter urging the U.S. Senate to immediately act on gun-safety legislation.

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