Sign up today and save up to 67% on a Hartford Courant digital subscription

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Oregon Shootings Spark New Effort On Newtown-Inspired Gun Control Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reacting to the nation's latest mass shooting in Oregon, Senate Democrats, including Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, said they would try again to pass legislation first prompted by the mass slaying in Newtown, Conn. The proposed legislation would close background check loopholes, expand the background check database, and tighten regulations on illegal gun purchases. Its chances of approval seem dim. Blumenthal had planned a press conference in the Capitol Wednesday to promote more modest legislation that would bar firearms dealers from completing a sale before the completion of an FBI criminal background. But those plans were postponed...