BRIDGEPORT - State and local officials discussed gun violence at a forum in Bridgeport on Tuesday.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Rep. Jim Himes, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and members of the city's police department spoke about necessary steps to be taken to combat the use of illegal firearms.

Parents of children who have died from gunfire also spoke at the event, including Neil Helslin, who lost his son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December.

Legislators vowed to keep up the fight for stricter gun control laws at the federal level.