Will they call off the protest in exchange for free gun locks?

The Newtown Action Alliance is scheduling a demonstration Thursday in front of the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The Alliance opposes NSSF’s efforts at the state and federal levels to defeat gun control measures proposed in the wake of Adam Lanza’s shooting rampage through Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

NSSF executives recently held their own public relations event in Bridgeport, appearing with Mayor Bill Finch to announce a large donation of gun locks to the city, neighbors Fairfield and Stratford, and also to Waterbury.

At that time NSSF head Steve Sanetti declined to answer questions about the gun control debate.

“I’d rather not get into any sort of a political discussion,” Sanetti said.

Still, Sanetti, while talking about the virtues of gun locks, used the opportunity to make the case for more of them and less gun laws.

“Had the mother who owned the firearms in Sandy Hook kept her firearms securely away from her son, whom she knew to be an at-risk individual, that horrible, unspeakable tragedy would not have occurred,” Sanetti said.

Despite hosting NSSF a few weeks ago, Finch is a strong supporter of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s gun control package. The mayor is also a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Brian Lockhart