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Connecticut legislature approves NRA-opposed judge nominee

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a state judge nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

The House voted 125-18 and the Senate voted 30-4 Friday in favor of attorney Auden Grogins, a Democratic former state representative from Bridgeport. Grogins will serve as a Superior Court judge.

The NRA asked members earlier this month to urge lawmakers to reject Grogins' nomination because she co-sponsored stricter gun control legislation that passed in 2013 in response to the killings of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

Gun control supporters asked their backers to urge lawmakers to approve Grogins' nomination.

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