Connecticut passes nation's strictest gun laws

Gov. Dannel Malloy said he will sign the legislation as soon as possible


Jillian Rayfield
April 4, 2013 5:00PM (UTC)

In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, both houses in Connecticut's state legislature have approved sweeping gun control legislation that, once signed into law, would amount to the strictest gun control measures in the country.

The legislation passed out of the state Senate in a 26-10 vote after a six-hour debate on Wednesday. The state's House of Representatives passed it by a vote of 105 to 44. Both votes were bipartisan, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, D, says he will sign the measures into law as soon as possible.

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According to a draft of the bill, the Connecticut measure would add more than 100 types of guns to the state's list of banned assault weapons; limit the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; ban armor-piercing bullets; require background checks for all weapon sales, including at gun shows; establish safety standards for school buildings; allow mental health training for teachers; and expand mental health research in the state.

Connecticut is now the fourth state to pass gun control legislation in the wake of the shootings, along with New York, Maryland and Colorado.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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