HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The passage of the assault weapons ban in Senate Judiciary Committee is a big step forward in the fight for common sense gun reforms, according to Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

Now, he’s gearing up for a battle in the full Senate.

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Murphy said that even if the bill doesn’t pass in full, there are critical elements of it that must be considered.

“In particular this bill includes the ban on high capacity magazines and we need to get that passed, maybe more than anything else the fact that these assassins can walk into schools and movie theaters with 30 and 100 rounds is what leads to this mass destruction,” Murphy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

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He said passage will take support from Republicans in the Senate and the House.

He believes it will be difficult for Republicans to turn their backs on a bill that he believes puts and end to the very worst elements of gun violence.

“I just ultimately don’t think that House Republicans will want to become the party of assault weapons and high capacity magazines,” he said.

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There has been a renewed push for gun reform since December 14, when Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.