An earlier version of this story misidentified the style of the Mossberg MVP .223. It is a bolt-action rifle that is capable of firing rounds from detachable magazines. The Alamedan regrets the error.
Paul English was “really affected” by the December 14 shootings at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school that left 20 children and seven adults dead. English, a public health researcher, said he had favored gun control before the killings but had never acted on those beliefs.
“This incident in Connecticut was something that mobilized me to do something else,” English recalled during an interview last week.