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THE Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy yesterday demanded stricter gun laws.

Highlighting Connecticut's ban on assault weapons, he said the lack of a similar law at federal level made it impossible to keep them out of the state.

"These are assault weapons. You don't hunt deer with these things," he said.

Mr Malloy broke the news of the children's deaths to relatives and shuddered as he called it a moment "I will live with for the rest of my life".

He added: "You can never be prepared for that - to tell 18 to 20 families that their loved one would not be returning to them that day or in the future."

The 1994 federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

Mr Malloy accused manufacturers of using "descriptive terms" to try to get around rules, while other illegal guns found in the state are smuggled in.

"One can only hope that we'll find a way to limit these weapons that really only have one purpose," he said.

Before his visit to Connecticut, President Obama said: "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:1U1CT
Date:Dec 17, 2012
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