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Gov. Malloy: ‘Wayne [LaPierre] Reminds Me of the Clowns at the Circus’

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(HARTFORD, Conn.) – After signing a bill earlier this week that gives Connecticut some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, Gov. Dan Malloy spoke with CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday and told her that NRA President Wayne LaPierre reminds him of “the clowns at the circus.”

LaPierre has been openly critical of Connecticut’s new bills. “Wayne reminds me of the clowns the clowns at the circus – they get the most attention and that's what he's paid to do,” Malloy said.

 “But the reality is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people December 14th was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an assault weapons ban,” he continued, illustrating why he sees the need for stricter laws.

"Ninety-two percent of the American people want universal background checks,” Malloy continued. “I can't get on a plane as the Governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me, why should you be able to buy a gun?”

The laws ban the sale of magazines over ten rounds. Responding to questions about the necessity of registering preexisting magazines over ten rounds with the state, Malloy said that it was to make sure they could tell if magazines were being brought in from other states.

“We need to be able tell the difference between the ones that preexisted and those that are being purchased someplace else. Hence, the requirement for registration,” he said.

“If you bring a magazine that you purchased in another state to our state, it's illegal,” Malloy said.


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NRA's LaPierre Fires Away at Obama and His Inaugural Address

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) -- In a scathing attack on President Obama, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association told a gathering of hunters in Nevada Tuesday night that the administration is determined to either tax their firearms or take them away.

Wayne LaPierre, who has previously denounced the president's plan to curb gun violence in the U.S., claimed that remarks made in Obama’s inaugural address suggested that principles trumped the absolutism of Second Amendment rights.

LaPierre said that was a direct assault on the rights of the NRA and its members.

According to the NRA official, “When absolutes are abandoned for principles, the U.S. Constitution becomes a blank slate for anyone’s graffiti.”

LaPierre also spoke out against a possible federal registry to collect the names of gun owners, saying the real intent of the government was “Either to tax them, or to take them.”

Alleging that the president is only interested in protecting himself and his wealthy allies, LaPierre said that Obama believes "the only principled way to make children safe is to make lawful citizens less safe and violent criminals more safe."

He added that criminals will also benefit from expanded gun control measures.

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NRA Exec: Coverage of Trayvon Martin ‘Sensational’

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- A top National Rifle Association official lashed out today at what he called the “sensational” coverage of the Trayvon Martin case and called violent crime a fact of life, in a speech at the group’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

“Everyday victims aren’t celebrities. They don’t draw ratings, don’t draw sponsors. But sensational reporting from Florida does. In the aftermath of one of Florida’s many daily tragedies, my phone has been ringing off the hook,” the group’s executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said.

It was the first public comment LaPierre made on the Martin case, though he did not once say the name of the teen or that of George Zimmerman.

Martin, 17, was unarmed when neighborhood watchman Zimmerman shot him as he was returning to his father’s home after buying Skittles and tea at a gas station on Feb. 26.

Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense, was questioned but not immediately charged.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey charged Zimmerman on Wednesday with second-degree murder. Zimmerman was arraigned on Thursday and remains in custody in Sanford, Fla.

The attorney representing Zimmerman has said he does not yet know whether he will invoke Florida’s “Stand Your ground” law in his client’s defense.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is using the case to advocate a “no” vote on the National Reciprocity Act, which if passed, would force states with stricter gun laws to honor concealed weapons permits granted in other states, which have uneven criteria for obtaining a permit.

The Brady Campaign has renamed it the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Act.”

“These new bills would force states with strong gun laws like New York — where Zimmerman never could have gotten a permit — to honor the concealed carry permits of states with abhorrently low standards, such as Florida,” the Brady Campaign wrote on its website.

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