Senate subcommittee led by Blumenthal will host hearing on gun violence, with Waterbury police chief as witness

Senate subcommittee led by Blumenthal will host hearing on gun violence, with Waterbury police chief as witness

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, shown in this file photo from February, will convene a hearing on gun violence Tuesday in Washington. A Senate subcommittee led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday will hold the first in a series of hearings on ways to reduce gun violence, with Waterbury’s police chief participating as a witness. The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on The Constitution will examine public health and law enforcement approaches to gun control. The panel will also look at community-based programs. Blumenthal noted Connecticut’s restrictive gun laws but said only federal policies can truly address gun violence. “States like ours with the strongest gun laws are still at the mercy of the ones with the weakest, because guns have no respect for state boundaries,” Blumenthal said. “That’s why we need federal solutions to stem the tide of gun violence — and that’s why the Senate Judiciary Committee is making this issue one of its top priorities this Congress.” “This time feels different,” Blumenthal said, noting the political power of grassroots gun control activists, including young people, and the weakening of the NRA as factors. “This growing political movement is having an effect … we know that thoughts and prayers are welcome but they’re not enough … we need action.” Blumenthal said his subcommittee has a broad mission to examine domestic violence, safe storage of firearms, immunity for gun manufacturers and other issues. “He has also had direct experience with the problem of gun violence,” Blumenthal said. “He has taken strong […]

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