Connecticut Lawmakers Reach Deal On Gun Control Legislation

Legislature Seems Confident Agreement Will Get Washington's Attention

“We raised and considered every issue from every angle, and that has produced a comprehensive, broad, bipartisan package that deals with mental health, it deals with school security, and it deals with gun violence,” McKinney said.

House Republican Leader Larry Cafero (R-Norwalk) said the bill also takes into consideration the rights of gun owners.

“At the same time that we were trying to make sure that our citizenry felt safe; that we put public safety first and foremost, we were also all very cognizant of the hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens who are gun owners, and their rights,” Cafero said.

Governor Dannel Malloy, who presented his own proposals in February, was waiting Monday to see the final version.

Malloy wanted a straight-up-and-down vote on the large magazines, but didn’t get it.

“I personally would like to see large capacity magazines eliminated in our state, so we’ll see how that’s addressed,” Malloy told Schneidau. “Some of the mental health issues, I’m looking for details and we’ll make a final judgment once we go through everything and hear what the caucuses have to say.”

The registry on existing high-capacity magazines is considered a compromise, as some gun control advocates had called for an outright ban rather than allowing existing owners to be grandfathered in.

Some have doubts about whether the registry will be effective.

“I don’t think it’s going to work honesty,” said Ian Strager of Danbury. “How do you register old magazines?”

According to data released last week, Newtown gunman Adam Lanza had hundreds of rounds of ammunition on him when he opened fire inside the school, leaving 20 children, as well as six educators, dead.


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