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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor, has ended his affiliation with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 


In a statement, Boughton said he is withdrawing from the group because the group's mission in recent months has changed from law enforcement to increasing gun regulations.  Boughton says he believes enforcement of existing gun laws is preferable to creating new gun laws.  He added that his position is still that of supporting the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut.


Boughton notes that other area mayors have left the group in recent months including New Milford's Mayor and the Mayor of Poughkeepsie. 


Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo issued a statement in response saying that Boughton is pandering to the NRA.

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