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NRA steps up lobbying efforts in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The National Rifle Association is showing a stepped-up presence in Connecticut.

The state never typically posed a challenge to the organization's mission until now, as it considers bills to respond to the Newtown school shooting in December.

The NRA helped bus hundreds of its supporters to the Capitol as legislators weigh those proposals.

NRA state liaison John Hohenwarter says the organization decided a week ago to help organize the lobby day because of what he called ``made-for-TV lawmaking, not good policy.''

He says lawmakers need to ``take a step back'' and ``really think about what they're about to do.''

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