HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting says Connecticut’s existing gun laws need to be more strictly enforced and the nation needs a return to civility.
Mark Mattioli appeared Monday before a legislative subcommittee reviewing gun laws in the wake of the Dec. 14 massacre, which left 20 first grade students and six educators dead. Mattioli’s son, James, was among the children killed.
Mattioli said he believes in ‘‘simple, few gun laws’’ and that ‘‘we have more than enough on the books.’’ But he said they’re not being enforced properly.
Mattioli received a standing ovation.
Hundreds have turned out to testify at the hearing. A line stretched outside as the public waited to pass through a metal detector at the Legislative Office Building entrance.