By KATIE GLUECK | 2/22/13 3:55 PM EST Updated: 2/24/13 7:08 AM EST
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy on Friday said that while the federal government has fallen short on federal gun control measures, that “can’t be an excuse” for inaction on guns at the state level.
“We do need federal action,” the Democratic governor said at the third annual State Solutions Conferences sponsored by POLITICO and Microsoft. But, he added, “Lack of federal action can’t be an excuse, particularly in my state and what we’ve been through.”
(PHOTOS: Scenes of the from the State Solutions Conference)
Malloy’s comments came a day after he and Vice President Joe Biden appeared together to advocate for tougher gun control measures, and about two months after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people including 20 children. At the event on Friday, Malloy called for broadening his state’s ban on assault weapons “in a way the NRA can’t try to truck through.”
Newtown was “an unbelievable tragedy which I’m absolutely convinced has changed the tenor of our discussion in the United States about what to do about gun violence,” Malloy said. “What we want to do is have a safer state. I did roll out a pretty comprehensive list of things I believe should be included in future legislation, including banning the future sale of assault weapons and defining [them] in a way the NRA can’t try to truck through.”