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Aurora Shooting Survivors To Testify In Connecticut

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Aurora shooting survivor Stephen Barton shows his scars to the media after a meeting with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall on Oct. 3, 2012 in New York City. Barton, who was shot in the face and neck during the shooting last July that killed a dozen people and wounded 60 in Aurora, now appears in a national "Demand a Plan" ad campaign urging politicians to make gun control a major priority. The ad is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which Bloomberg co-founded.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Aurora shooting survivor Stephen Barton shows his scars to the media after a meeting with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall on Oct. 3, 2012 in New York City. Barton, who was shot in the face and neck during the shooting last July that killed a dozen people and wounded 60 in Aurora, now appears in a national “Demand a Plan” ad campaign urging politicians to make gun control a major priority. The ad is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which Bloomberg co-founded. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Two survivors of the Aurora theater shooting are expected to testify before a subcommittee of a Connecticut legislative task force looking into gun violence prevention and school safety in response to the deadly Newtown school shooting.

State lawmakers say Stephen Barton and Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent will testify Monday. They are friends who grew up in Southbury, Conn., which is right next to Newtown, and survived the July 20 shooting that killed 12 people.

Twenty students and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

A large crowd is expected at the 10 a.m. hearing. State capitol police have set up metal detectors because of the sensitive nature of the topic.

The full 52-member task force will hold a public hearing Wednesday night at Newtown High School.

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