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(NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - Reports of its demise are premature. That's what two senators from Connecticut are saying about a federal ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
They are also condemning the National Rifle Association for targeting the very town where the wound is still raw.
NRA robo-call: "This is the NRA calling"
It's the call that has much of Newtown angry: the National Rifle Association's robo-calls to town residents urging them to stop efforts to toughen Connecticut's gun laws.
NRA robo-call: “Anti-gun legislators are aggressively pursuing numerous proposals that are designed to disarm and punish law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen."
Coming just over three months after the massacre of 20 first graders and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, many here are flabbergasted at the calls, including the state's two Senators.
"I think it’s disgusting and I think it’s intentional,” said Sen. Chris Murphy.
"Repugnant and repulsive to be calling the Newtown community urging that families there oppose effective measures against gun violence is the height of arrogance and insensitivity," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Both men are calling for the NRA to stop the calls to Newtown residents. The organizations bigger fight may still be in Washington where measures that did not make it out of committee will be brought up as amendments once gun control reaches the Senate floor.
"We've been assured that we'll have the opportunity to present them. A ban on assault weapons including high capacity magazines," said Sen. Blumenthal.
The senators want their colleagues to have to vote up or down on those bans.
Sen. Murphy says this is a national problem and it needs a national solution. But he adds...
"It would be a tragedy if Connecticut didn't pass a law that is among the strongest in the nation."
He would like to see that happen before floor debate begins in the Senate in a couple of weeks.