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Jan 28, 2013 12:20 PM by Eric Ross

Newtown parents urge enforcement of gun laws

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some parents of the young victims of the Newtown elementary school shooting are calling for better enforcement of Connecticut's gun laws and questioning why civilians would need semiautomatic, military-style weapons.

Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was one of the 20 first-graders killed in the Dec. 14 massacre, told a legislative subcommittee reviewing gun laws on Monday that he grew up with guns as a child and doesn't believe they should be banned. But he wants stricter regulations.

He questioned why anyone needs assault-style weapons and large capacity magazines, urging gun rights advocates in the packed room to put themselves in his position. A handful of people shouted back to him about their Second Amendment rights.

Heslin says there's no need for the weapons in homes or on the streets.

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