What you need to know about the new ‘sniper’ weapon

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Department of Homeland Security to ban the semi-automatic weapons used in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Associated Press reported.

The petition, signed by nearly 1,000 members of Congress and others, has received over 6,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Newtown Police Department said Thursday it had received more than 1,100 signatures.

The Newtown Police said the petition was sent to the department’s press office, which will make a decision on whether to respond.

“The department will take appropriate action based on the information provided to us,” the department said in a statement.

The weapons used by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook massacre were semi-automatics.

The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups have opposed the ban, saying the weapon’s use is “absolutely lethal” and that it will make the United States less safe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.