Connecticut Forges US' Toughest Gun Laws
Bipartisan plan requires eligibility certificate for rifle, ammo buys
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2013 1:34 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
A Firearms Training Unit detective of the Connecticut State Police holds up a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the same make and model of gun used by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook School shooting.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Connecticut lawmakers spurred into action by the Sandy Hook school shooting have agreed on what they say is the nation's strongest gun control bill. The bipartisan agreements includes universal background checks for firearm sales, new state-issued eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or ammunition, and a ban on future sales of high-capacity magazines, the New York Times reports. The package, which also strengthens the state's existing ban on semiautomatic assault rifles, is expected to easily pass the state House and Senate this week, reports the Hartford Courant.

Lawmakers from both parties said that after the school shooting, they decided the issue had moved beyond partisan politics, Reuters reports. "I wake up in the morning and put this green ribbon and pin on my jacket lapel to remember those we’ve lost," says John McKinney, the Republican Senate majority leader, who represents Newtown. "And what I’m proud of is that all of us, Republicans and Democrats, understood that some issues, and this one particularly, should rise above politics." Gun control advocates praised the bill, with some saying they were amazed at how far it went. Over in Nelson, Ga., however, city council passed a law making guns mandatory for heads of household.

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Apr 2, 2013 9:17 PM CDT
within a year or so their crime rate will rival that of DC or chicago !
Apr 2, 2013 7:37 PM CDT
I am all for decreased gun violence, but there is nothing in these new laws to stop that. Either criminals will obtain guns with or with out restricted features from other means. Or people committed to doing something terrible will steal from people who obtain them legally. Gun violence of recent nature will not stop until authorities go door to door to confiscate weapons. That is something I will never stand for, and I hope no sane American would. The only people these types of laws effect are mentally stable law abiding citizens, because they are the only ones who follow laws.
Apr 2, 2013 5:01 PM CDT
CT had tough guns laws already the guy that shot up Samdy Hook didn't buy the gun he killed his mother and took it. So tell me genius libs how is tougher gun laws going to stop that? Its more feel good legislation to pretend they understand the issue. Crazy people and criminal don't work with the laws so only the people who need to defend themselves are penalized. Typical liberal nonsense laws that make everyone less safe and a total knee jerk reaction. CT should just dump their flag and get a big red one with a white star in the middle.