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Conn. Lawmakers Reach Deal on New Gun Laws
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Quote:Ban on high-capacity magazines part of deal struck on strict Connecticut gun laws

Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre that left 20 children and six educators dead.

The proposal also called for background checks for private gun sales and a new registry for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets, something of a compromise for parents of Newtown victims who had wanted an outright ban on them, while legislators had proposed grandfathering them into the law.

The package also creates what lawmakers said is the nation's first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales and expansion of Connecticut's assault weapons ban.

A new state-issued eligibility certificate would also be needed to purchase any rifle, shotgun or ammunition under the legislation. To get the certificate, a buyer would need to be fingerprinted, take a firearms training course and undergo a national criminal background check and involuntary commitment or voluntary admission check.

The deal is "the most comprehensive package in the country because of its breadth," said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Fairfield Republican whose district includes Newtown.

McKinney said people tend to focus on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but he said "there's a lot here underneath the surface" addressing mental health, school security and other issues.

The proposal was revealed to rank-and-file lawmakers Monday after weeks of negotiations among legislative leaders. A vote was expected later this week in the Legislature, where Democrats control both chambers, making passage all but assured. The bill would then be sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has helped lead efforts to strengthen the state's gun laws.

Connecticut is sending a message to Washington and the rest of the country "this is the way to get this job done," said House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, a Democrat from Hamden. Both Democratic and Republican leaders were expected to support the proposal, which had been in the works for about a month.

The shooting reignited the gun debate in the country and led to calls for increased gun control legislation on the federal and state levels. While some other states, including New York, have strengthened their gun laws since the shooting, momentum has stalled in Congress, whose members were urged by President Barack Obama last week not to forget the shooting and to capitalize on the best change in years to stem gun violence.

The gunman in Newtown blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fired off 154 shots with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle within five minutes. He went through six 30-round magazines, though half were not completely empty, and police said he had three other 30-round magazines in addition to one in the rifle. He gunned down 26 people, then shot himself to death with a handgun.

Six relatives of Newtown victims visited the Capitol on Monday, asking lawmakers to include a ban on existing high-capacity magazines. Some handed out cards with photographs of their slain children. They delivered a letter signed by 24 relatives that demanded that legislators include existing large-capacity ammunition magazines in the ban on the sale of magazines that carry 10 or more bullets.

Allowing such large-capacity magazines to remain in the hands of gun owners would leave a gaping loophole in the law, said Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in the shooting.

"It doesn't prevent someone from going out of the state to purchase them and then bring them back. There's no way to track when they were purchased, so they can say, `I had this before,"' Barden said. "So it's a big loophole."

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I wonder how many murders and mass shootings this will prevent after criminals read the new laws? Dodgy
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BTW this is Conn. 3rd AWBShrug, this should make them feel safe for the 3rd time.
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An entire state full of liberal idiots. They will reap what they sow.
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Time for a new flag with around 42 Stars on it.
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Pocketprotector;92893 Wrote:Time for a new flag with around 42 Stars on it.

Now you're talking!
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spblademaker;92895 Wrote:
Pocketprotector;92893 Wrote:Time for a new flag with around 42 Stars on it.

Now you're talking!

It's becoming more clear that Constitutionalists and Communists cannot live side by side.
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Pocketprotector;92900 Wrote:
spblademaker;92895 Wrote:Now you're talking!

It's becoming more clear that Constitutionalists and Communists cannot live side by side.

They can't, which is why the demonize and villianize anyone who stands for the freedoms the Constitution represents. The ones they have no use for right now, anyway.

The only reason they support Free Speech right now is because without it they can't spew their garbage and write their manifestos.
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It's pretty much done now in CT.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/04/us/connect...?hpt=hp_t1

Quote:(CNN) -- Gun legislation that advocacy groups call the strongest and most comprehensive to be taken up across the nation moved closer to passage early Thursday as the Connecticut House approved the tough gun measure.

The vote, 105-44, followed passage by the Senate a day earlier.
The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, would make Connecticut the third state to pass such a tough measure following the December rampage in Newtown.

Many portions would take effect immediately, after the governor's endorsement, including the banning of the sale or purchase of large-capacity magazines.

New York and Colorado passed gun-control legislation limiting magazine capacity, among other provisions.

But Connecticut Against Gun Violence called the state's bill historic and applauded lawmakers on its extensive reach.

What the bill does

According to a draft of the bill, the Connecticut measure would add more than 100 types of guns to the state's list of banned assault weapons; limit the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; ban armor-piercing bullets; require background checks for all firearms sales, including at gun shows; establish safety standards for school buildings; allow mental health training for teachers; and expand mental health research in the state.

I don't know about the rest of you, but these state laws seem to be nothing more than "one upping" all the others in being more restrictive.
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Camper;93350 Wrote:I don't know about the rest of you, but these state laws seem to be nothing more than "one upping" all the others in being more restrictive.

To me it seems there is some competition going on. The rules are pretty clear. The new laws must be at least entirely ineffective against crime. Extra credit is given if their net result is an increase in violent, gun related crimes. And the new laws must criminalize most if not every existing, thus far law abiding gun owner. The easier it is to unwillingly or unknowingly violate these new laws, the better. Bonus points will be awarded for sneaking in a permanent gun registry. Double bonus points for enacting implicit long term confiscation.

The winners will be selected by the end of the year and receive their cash prizes with their Christmas Card from Mayor Bloomberg.
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I'm still trying to figure out how Ct. is going to register magazines. I haven't seen all that many that have serial numbers. Huh
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