Connecticut Agrees on ‘Strong’ Gun Laws

Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the  toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass  shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines  like the ones used in the massacre that left 20 children and six educators  dead.

The proposal includes new registration requirements for existing magazines  that carry 10 or more bullets, something of a disappointment for some family  members of Newtown victims who wanted an outright ban on the possession of all  high-capacity magazines and traveled to the state Capitol on Monday to ask  lawmakers for it.

The package also creates what lawmakers said is the nation’s first statewide  dangerous weapon offender registry, creates a new “ammunition eligibility  certificate,” imposes immediate universal background checks for all firearms  sales, and extends the state’s assault weapons ban to 100 new types of firearms  and requires that a weapon have only one of several features in order to be  banned.

The newly banned weapons could no longer be bought or sold in Connecticut,  and those legally owned already would have to be registered with the state, just  like the high-capacity magazines.

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