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Incumbent Democratic Lawmakers Face Challenges in Connecticut

by Associated Press
Voting Sign.

Ellen Fitzsimons, Flickr

Eight incumbent Democratic state lawmakers in Connecticut will be among the candidates facing primary challenges next week.

   They include a couple General Assembly veterans. The issues ranging from how they voted on the state's 2013 gun control legislation to their stances on local political issues.

   Registered Democrats and Republicans will vote Tuesday in 10 other legislative primaries as well. Several in heavily Democratic cities are expected to be more hotly contested than the November general election.

New Yorkers Challenge Strict Gun Laws

by Associated Press
Gun Sculpture by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Francois Polito/Wikimedia Commons

Gun rights advocates expect court challenges to New York's tightest-in-the-nation restrictions on guns.

A Republican state senator from Saratoga says her online petition for repealing the provisions has drawn more than 37,000 signatures since yesterday. Sen. Kathy Marchione says if legislative attempts at repeal fails, she'll go to court.

Besides banning assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.

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