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    The Monday decision by the US Supreme Court to uphold assault weapon bans in the states of Connecticut and New York should prompt the US Congress to pass similar federal legislation, US Senator Chris Murphy said in a press release on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down an appeal by guns rights activists challenging the constitutionality of New York and Connecticut laws that ban citizens from owning military-style assault weapons. The two northeastern US states passed their ban on semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines following the tragic mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012.

    “Connecticut has led the country with our gun safety laws, and now more than ever we should be seen as a model for Congress when it comes to how best to help keep our communities safe from gun violence.”

    Murphy, a strong gun safety advocate, continued that “commonsense limitations on weapons of war do not infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

    Last week, Murphy spoke for 15 hours on the Senate floor in a filibuster calling for immediate action on gun safety following the worst mass shooting in modern US history, which took place last week in Orlando, Florida.

    The US Senate is scheduled to vote on four gun-control measures on Monday, largely aimed at restricting access to weapons by individuals on the US terrorist watch list.

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