HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of California says lawmakers who oppose criminals and the mentally ill getting guns but vote against background checks are being ‘‘intellectually dishonest.’’
The comments came Friday following a field hearing of a congressional task force dedicated to curbing gun violence, which Thompson, a Democrat, chairs.
U.S. Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat, hosted the hearing at Hartford High School. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other officials and experts on gun violence prevention also attended.
The task force was set up to help Congress identify ways to reduce gun violence.
In April, the Senate rejected tighter background checks and an assault weapons ban in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.