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Conn. lawmakers pass historic gun control bill

Posted: 9:43 AM, Apr 04, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-04 09:43:41-04

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to sign a sweeping new gun control bill into law, one that some are calling the toughest gun legislation in the country.

The bi-partisan bill passed Connecticut’s Senate Wednesday and the House at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

This bill strengthens an existing ban on semi-automatic rifles and requires background checks for all weapons sales. That includes gun shows. It also limits the capacity of ammo magazines. The legislation establishes safety standards for school buildings and resources for mental health research and training.

This legislation follows the December, 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza used a military-style semi-automatic rifle to murder 20 children and 6 educators. It horrified the nation.

Still, crowds for and against the bill packed the Capitol Wednesday. Those against the legislation, said it would harm lawful gun owners and not stop future massacres.

Malloy is expected to sign the legislation during a ceremony at noon at the Capitol.

Connecticut will become the 3rd state in the country to pass tough gun control legislation since the Newtown massacre. It follows New York and Colorado.

President Barack Obama has planned a trip to Connecticut on Monday. He wants to gain momentum for federal legislation that has stalled in Congress.