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Connecticut Lawmakers Reach Deal On Gun Control Legislation

Legislature Seems Confident Agreement Will Get Washington's Attention

In the aftermath of the Dec. 14 massacre, New York became the first state to implement strict new gun control reforms.

One Newtown parent also praised the compromise.

“I applaud their approach, the bipartisan task force, and I know they want to come up with the strongest laws possible, changes for our state,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the massacre.

But the proposal has already drawn strong opposition from gun rights groups.

As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported, the Connecticut Citizens’ Defense League said “limiting magazine capacity or mandating registration would only affect people who obey the law.”

It added that nothing in the package would stop someone like Lanza, who stole the guns from his mother.

The dangerous weapons registry and assault weapons ban made Harry Gonzalez of Brewster, N.Y. — near the Connecticut border — uneasy.

“The bad guys are still going to be able to do what they do. They’re still going to get guns,” he said. “It doesn’t matter, so we’re still in trouble.”

Others said their constitutional rights were being threatened.

“We have a right to bear arms, which includes the weapon, the magazine for that particular weapon, the ammo,” one man said. “There should be no restrictions on ammo.”

One prominent Republican told CBS 2’s Young the uneasiness on both sides is actually encouraging.

“Typically, when both sides walk away a little bit unhappy, that means it’s a good compromise,” said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Legislators will reportedly use Tuesday to mull the proposals over.

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