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Congress members, teachers union react to new bill

The state's largest teacher's union is applauding passage of the gun control legislation which was signed into law Thursday.  Connecticut Education Association President Sheila Cohen says the establishment of School Safety Committees and Safety Standards for school building projects as well as tougher gun laws will go a long way to improving school security.


While some districts have put armed guards and police in schools, Cohen says the CEA was pleased that was not mandated in the bill and left as a local decision.  She is pleased the school security measures in the bill will not turn facilities into prisons.


The CEA was also pleased that some mental health reforms were also in the bill, including a measure that calls for training to be able to more easily recognize warning signs in kids.


U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty are discussing the chances for gun control measures coming out of Washington.  Esty was asked if Congress will pass new controls given pro-gun lobbying, political maneuvering and skepticism about member's ability to accomplish anything.


Esty urged resident to write to lawmakers asking for common sense gun reform laws.


Blumenthal says he hopes Connecticut's new gun law will inspire Congress to take action rather than bypass the issue because it's controversial.  He says Congress can pass universal background checks.

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