Gun industry group pulls support for state park

Hartford - A national gun industry association based in Connecticut is withdrawing its support for federal legislation that would establish the Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford, citing recent passage of the state's new gun control law.

In letters to the state's congressional delegation and governor, Lawrence G. Keane, the senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the industry is "offended by the hypocrisy of our elected officials in Congress and the state government" to advocate for legislation paying homage to the firearms industry while pursuing gun control legislation.

Current and past delegation members have pushed for years for the National Historical Park designation at Coltsville, an area named after Samuel Colt, who designed a revolver that revolutionized personal firearms.

- Associated Press

The area includes manufacturing facilities and employee housing that his Colt Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co. began building in 1855.

Coltsville was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008, a step toward the national park designation.

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