HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday began the process of reviewing recommendations on laws affecting gun violence, school safety and mental health care, and crafting a bill that responds to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.
Democratic and Republican leaders met Wednesday afternoon for the first time since three subcommittees forwarded their suggestions.
The private meeting lasted about two hours. Lawmakers declined to provide any details of their discussions but more than one said they are taking it “one day at a time” and planned to meet again Thursday. A vote by the full General Assembly could be scheduled as early as next week.
“We’re all there in good faith and I think we’re all working toward the same goal, which is to have a bipartisan, comprehensive, effective agreement,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk.
The meeting came as a new Quinnipiac University poll shows strong support for gun control measures, including universal background checks, a gun offender registry, new permit requirements, expansion of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban and a ban on large capacity magazines.