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By Anita Vogel, FOX News

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Congress and lawmakers across the country have been considering stricter gun control laws, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines following December's deadly elementary school shooting.

The National Rifle Association strongly opposes many of the proposals, saying the government should better enforce existing gun laws and not impede Second Amendment rights.

Just three months after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, some residents say the NRA is acting in poor taste.  The organization has launched a series of robocalls, asking voters to pressure local leaders into rejecting any new gun control measures.

Audio heard in the robocall:

"Your state senator, Art Linares, will play a key role in determining whether the CT general assembly will pass legislation restricting your gun rights."

"Respectfully urge him to oppose any legislation that tramples your Second Amendment right, and inhibits your inherent right to self defense."

One resident says the NRA didn't stop with just a call.

"Next day, they followed up with a postcard," said David Freedman.

Another resident who didn't want his face shown on camera suggests the calls are insensitive.

"What if that call had come to one of the victims' families, and a sibling had picked up that phone? How would they feel?" asked Christian Wenis.

The NRA is a non-profit organization and under federal law, is allowed to make these robocalls.  But despite that, state lawmakers want it to stop.

"They continue to surprise me with the lengths that they will go to try and gain attention for their cause and to stop this bill, they should end these calls into Newtown, pick another community across this country to make these calls into," said Sen. Chris Murphy.

The NRA has not commented on the robocalls and while the organization is against stricter gun control measures, it is in support of beefed up penalties for illegal third party purchases and gun trafficking.

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