From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:
The shooting deaths of 17 high school students and staff in Parkland, Fla., briefly focused eight Republican candidates for governor Wednesday night on the question of whether they would stand by or revise the sweeping gun-control measure passed in Connecticut five years ago after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Sandy Hook.
No one called for changes in the ban on the sale of large-capacity magazines, AR-15s and other military-style semi-automatic weapons or the background checks required on purchasers of firearms and ammunition. In fact, seven of the eight declined an invitation to say anything about the gun control law that was a major issue in the GOP’s 2014 primary for governor.
… On stage with Srinivasan were Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, businessman Steve Obsitnik, former U.S. Comptroller General Dave Walker, immigration lawyer Peter Lumaj, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, and Mike Handler, a top city finance official in Stamford. Two others, Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman, declined to attend.
Getting a seat on stage required being a declared candidate and having raised at least $125,000, the midpoint to the $250,000 in small-dollar contributions necessary to qualify for public financing grants of $1.25 million for a primary and $6 million for the general election.
Full story here.