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Newtown official warns of harm from massacre details

The release of the new details surrounding the Newtown massacre and Adam Lanza's vast arsenal of weapons has only inflamed emotional wounds for some in the Connecticut town.

We struggle every day to stay on the path of recovery and every bit of information that becomes part of the public discourse holds a potential hurt for a family who has already suffered immeasurable harm.

I appreciate that full and accurate information may help us, as a society, learn how to predict and prevent such horrors from happening in the future. That gain, however speculative, must be balanced against the hurt experienced by those in the eye of the storm.

– Newtown local official E. Patricia Llodra

Obama supports mothers' call for new gun safety laws

President Obama made an emotional address at a vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, two days after the horrendous shootings. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Obama will today join forces with a group of mothers in demanding "common-sense measures" to protect children from gun violence in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

Mr Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will both appear at the event organised by 'Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America' to call on Congress to adopt the new safety laws, the White House said.


Smashed hard drive and gun safe found in Lanza room

Adam Lanza began his shooting spree by killing his mother at their Newtown home. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Police found a smashed computer hard drive along with the gun safe in the room they believed to be Adam Lanza's bedroom, court papers have revealed.

One person interviewed by the FBI described Lanza as "a shut-in and avid (computer) gamer who plays Call of Duty amongst other games."

FBI agents were also told the Sandy Hook Elementary School was his "life."

Full list of Newtown gunman Adam Lanza's weapons

Newtown school gunman Adam Lanza had a gun safe in his room and many weapons besides the AR-15-type assault rifle and two handguns used in December's attack.

The court papers, published today, show police inspecting the home Lanza shared with his mother found:

  • An Enfield Albian bolt-action rifle
  • A Savage Mark II rifle
  • A revolver
  • Three samurai-style swords with blades measuring up to 71 cm
  • A wood handled pole (just over two metres in length) with a blade on one side and a spear on the opposite side

A police search on the car Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School found:

  • A Saiga 12 shotgun
  • Two magazines containing 70 rounds of ammunition

Items seized from Adam Lanza's home revealed

Documents released today about the Sandy Hook shootings reveal the items seized by police from the home of gunman Adam Lanza.

Among the items were a card containing a cheque from his mother to buy a firearm, an article from The New York Times about a school shooting at Northern Illinois University and three photographs of what appeared to be a dead person covered with plastic and blood, NBC reports.

Sandy Hook papers released as parents' fight continues

Court documents about the Sandy Hook shooting have been released on the same day that a group of Newtown residents are planning a protest at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, less than three miles from the school over the NRA's opposition to new gun control laws.

The deadly attack last December prompted Barack Obama to call it the worst day of his presidency and reignited a debate on gun violence in the United States. In response to the attack, the NRA called for armed guards to patrol every public school in the country.


Sandy Hook gunman fired 155 bullets in five minutes

Adam Lanza fired 155 bullets in less than five minutes on the day he killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, court documents have revealed.

NBC reports the total shots fired included 154 fired from a Bushmaster .223-model rifle and a final bullet, fired from a Glock 10mm handgun, that Lanza used to take his own life.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 27 people including 20 children and his mother Nancy Credit: NBC News

Three Samurai swords were also recovered from the Newtown, Connecticut home that Lanza shared with his mother, authorities said as they released search warrants from the second-worst school shooting in American history.

Sandy Hook gunman had haul of guns and ammunition

The gunman who attacked Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 26 people, had several additional firearms not used in the attack and more than 1,400 rounds of ammunition, according to court papers released today.

Connecticut officials have released court documents on their investigation into Adam Lanza, a 20-year old man who killed his mother, 20 first grade school children and six staff members before turning a gun on himself.

A candle-lit memorial service is held to remember the victims of the US school shootings. Credit: Reuters

A 90-day sealing order has now expired on the search warrants that were served on Lanza's home and property, allowing the further information about the case to be released.

Documents show police searches also turned up certificates from the National Rifle Association gun-lobby group in the names of both Adam Lanza and his mother, Nancy Lanza.

Father of Newtown massacre victim heckled during gun debate

The father of a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook massacre was heckled by around a dozen gun enthusiasts during a testimony on gun control.

Neil Heslin called on lawmakers to improve mental health options and ban assault weapons.

He also asked those attending the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group in Hartford why assault weapons should not be banned, to which pro-gun activists responded with calls of “Second Amendment” and “do not infringe our rights.”

Mr Heslin’s son Jesse Lewis was killed by Adam Lanza during the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14.

Newtown victim's mother 'doesn't understand' US passion for weapons

The mother of Dylan Hockley, the six-year-old British boy who died during the Newtown massacre, told ITV News it is difficult for her to understand the passion many Americans have for their weapons.

Speaking about the use of high-capacity ammunition clips, Nicole Hockley said, "I don't see why any civilian would need that in their home", but added she is not going to say "no you can't".

"My personal opinion is, if people are that interested in playing soldier then they should go join the military or law enforcement and do it properly", she continued.

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