CT Legislators Agree On Gun Control Measures Among U.S. Strongest


More than three months after the massacre of 26 people in Newtown, Ct., Connecticut legislative leaders have agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the U.S., reports the New York Times. It would require new state eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or ammunition; mandate that people convicted of any of 40 weapons offenses register with the state; require universal background checks for all gun sales, and substantially expand an existing ban on assault weapons. The package includes a ban on the future sale of high-capacity magazines with more than 10 bullets, but despite a dramatic plea from relatives of Newtown victims, legislative leaders did not include a ban on their ownership. New York State banned ownership of high-capacity magazines effective next January. Ron Pinciaro of Connecticut Against Gun Violence was disappointed that the high-capacity magazine ban was not approved and that the bill would have little effect on handgun violence. Still, he said, “When you take all the elements and compare it, I think you could judiciously say this is the strongest bill in the nation.”

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