Boucher says CT gun laws should be model for national legislation

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Boucher, pictured in 2017, joined Wilton town officials Thursday for National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the days following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Boucher, pictured in 2017, joined Wilton town officials Thursday for National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the days following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

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WILTON — Officials are calling for more legislation following the recent school shooting in Texas and pointing to the steps taken in Connecticut following Sandy Hook.

Former state Sen. Toni Boucher, who is running again, said in a release Thursday that more must be done on both the state and national level to stop all forms of violence and called upon Congress to pass “common sense legislation consistent with the Second Amendment” just as Connecticut did in 2013.

“There are no words to express the horror felt by the families whose very worst nightmare had become a reality,” Boucher said in a statement. “In the wake of such devastation, we must continue to share our love, as well as advocate for action to stop violence in all forms.”

Boucher joined officials, including fellow candidate Ceci Maher at Town Hall to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

“My heart is with the victims of far too many acts of violence, and my mind is focused on how we can work together to institute common sense public safety measures across our country to make every community safer for every person,” Boucher said. “Our entire community is feeling pain, heartache, and the desire to take action to protect our loved ones. Learning of the tragic and horrific shooting in Uvalde brought back the gut-wrenching feeling so many of us felt following the Sandy Hook tragedy.”

Boucher recalled her public support of Senate Bill 1160 on April 2, 2013 in the months following the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting as a “massive bipartisan bill that addressed everything from gun safety to school policy and mental health care.”

“Together, we moved quickly to safeguard our schools by passing the most comprehensive gun bill in the country,” Boucher said, as then-Gov. Dannel Malloy signed it into law on April 3.

She called the process “completely bipartisan” where three representatives from each party, Boucher serving as one of the Republicans, worked as a group on the bill.

SB 1160 enacted universal background checks for those who purchase a firearm in the state of Connecticut. It also outlawed any sale of “high-capacity ammunition magazines,” expanded the state’s assault weapons ban, bolstered mental health services and strengthened school security measures.

“As a result, Connecticut leads the nation in gun safety measures. But our work here is not enough. Uvalde proves this,” Boucher said. “Washington must stop playing politics and instead focus on uniting people and working toward solutions with all voices and perspectives coming together.”