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article imageConnecticut's Senate approves new restrictions on weapons

By Lesley Lanir     Apr 4, 2013 in Crime
Newtown - Late Wednesday night, Connecticut's Senate approved restrictions on weapons in response to the December massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators gunned down by Adam Lanza at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Connecticut's Senate approves new restrictions on weapons. CBS News tweeted this morning "BREAKING NEWS: Connecticut lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law in response to Newtown school shooting."
On their breaking news updates The Seattle Times reported that the bill passed the Senate in a bipartisan 26-10 vote following a six-hour debate Wednesday evening and although The House of Representatives was still debating late Wednesday night, it was expected to pass. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stated he would sign it into law.
The new legislation adds over 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban, includes gun control measures that ban the sales of large-capacity ammunition - magazines that hold more than 10 rounds - and starts the nation's first dangerous weapon offender registry in addition to eligibility rules for ammunition purchases. It also addresses mental health reforms and financing for securing schools.
The Seattle Times quotes Brian Malte, director of mobilization for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington as saying that "This would put Connecticut right at the top or near the top of the states with the strongest gun laws."
Connecticut's Middleton Express quotes Sen. President Pro Temp Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, said "the Newtown tragedy demanded "a response that transcends politics."
The bill does not prohibit the manufacture of firearms in Connecticut where the weapons industry provides around 3000 jobs.
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