by Jennifer Swift
Jan 15, 2014
01:17 PM
Connecticut Politics

Gun Rights Advocates to Protest GOP event in New Haven

Gun Rights Advocates to Protest GOP event in New Haven

Invitation from the CT GOP

A group of gun rights advocates is planning on protesting a Connecticut GOP fundraiser tomorrow night featuring Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. 

The fundraiser is scheduled to take place at the Owl Shop, a tobacco shop in New Haven. All of the GOP's major candidates for governor are expected to attend, along with former U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon and former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele. 

An event posted on Facebook to invite people to the protest says it is “in response to the continued attack on the Tea Party by liberal elements within the Republican Party and in response to the unconstitutional violation of our right to bear arms perpetrated by rogue elements within the CT Republican Party and by the majority party dominating the CT General Assembly." 

The organizers say anyone who love liberty and respect the Declaration of Independence and Constitution is invited to rally.

The GOP event, billed as “an evening of cigars, cocktails and politics,” starts at 6 p.m. 

Those RSVP’ing to the protest on Facebook say they have cleared the event with the New Haven Police Department, and are protesting under the name “John McKinney must go” -- a jab at the gubernatorial candidate who, as state Senate Minority Leader and a senator whose district includes Newtown, championed Connecticut's landmark gun control bill. 

McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former ambassador Tom Foley and Wilton state Sen. Toni Boucher -- all of whom are eyeing the governor's mansion -- will be at the event.

 

Gun Rights Advocates to Protest GOP event in New Haven

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