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Connecticut Lawmakers Reach Deal On Gun Control Legislation

Legislature Seems Confident Agreement Will Get Washington's Attention
(credit: Guillaume Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: Guillaume Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut state lawmakers came to an agreement Monday on what they said will become some of the nation’s toughest gun control laws.

As CBS 2′s Lou Young reported, the deal included a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, such as the one that was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre in Newtown. The deal also calls for a new registry for existing high-capacity magazines, and background checks that would apply to private gun sales.

Another registry would be set up for dangerous weapons offenders.

The deal also calls for an expansion of the Connecticut assault weapons ban, listing more types of high-powered guns.

Lawmakers also agreed to create a so-called eligibility certificate, where legitimate gun owners would submit to fingerprinting, a firearms training course, and a nationwide background check.

“It has been a thoughtful process and thorough process, and we are prepared now, as the Connecticut State Legislature, to move forward,” said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. (D-Brooklyn, Conn.)

Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) said he hopes the agreement sends a message to Washington, and the rest of the country.

“This is the way to get this job done; to do it in an effective, meaningful, thoughtful way, and to do it on a bipartisan basis, because our children deserve no less,” Sharkey said.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported earlier Monday, a vote on the package by mid-week is the goal.

State Senate Republican Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), who represents Newtown, said the bill was a result of bipartisan cooperation and covers all the major issues.