Connecticut, where an elementary- school shooting left 20 children and six educators dead last December, now has the nation’s second-strongest firearms laws, up from fourth a year ago, according to a scorecard to be released today by two gun-control groups.
Gunmakers such as Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger & Co. are boosting firearms sales by building weapons that are more accurate and easier to use, with gun-related U.S. patents at a 35-year high.
Plans to mandate liability coverage for U.S. gun owners after last year’s school shooting in Connecticut have languished as opponents attack the proposals by comparing them to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul.
After the Newtown shooting rampage, Tennessee’s Dickson County pledged to spend $500,000 on classroom barricades and a surveillance system at its school buildings -- enough money to pay for 14 first-year teachers.
Chris Christie stopped short of promising to finish his second term as New Jersey governor, argued that President Barack Obama lied to Americans about health care insurance and said fat jokes don’t bother him.