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Malloy Signs Connecticut Gun Bill Into Law

The bill gives the state some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and includes stipulations for mental health and school security.

 

After legislation passed Connecticut's general assembly in the early hours of Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law Thursday afternoon, giving Connecticut sweeping new gun laws that include expanded bans on high-powered weapons, high-capacity magazines and universal background checks.

"In some sense, I hope this is an example to the rest of the nation," he said. "Certainly to our leaders in Washington, who seem so deeply divided on an issue like universal background checks, when the country is not divided itself."

Malloy said around 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks for those purchasing guns, one of the stipulations in the new law.

"We can never undo " said Malloy. "But we can make Connecticut towns and cities safer, and this bill does that."

After the Connecticut legislature's bipartisan task force set up in the aftermath of the shooting brought back recommendations for extensive changes, the general assembly passed through the legislation in a marathon session. Some, including parents of victims, had called for extensive changes after the shooting.

Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) praised the actions of state lawmakers in a statement released Thursday afternoon and urged Congress to "follow suit sooner rather than later."

"This is an important moment for a state still grappling with an unspeakable tragedy, and I am encouraged by the fact that nearly every legislator from Southwest Connecticut—both Democrats and Republicans—voted for these important reforms," he said. "I applaud the Governor and Connecticut legislators for putting partisan politics aside and doing what is right to protect our children and families."

Malloy said he has set August 1 as a deadline for the structures within the bill to be put in place, saying he met with law enforcement officials Thursday morning to discuss a timeframe.

The law:

  • Expands the existing Connecticut Assault Weapons Ban to include more high-powered weapons
  • Bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and requires registration for those who currently own high-capacity magazines
  • Establishes universal background checks for firearms
  • Sets up a "dangerous weapon offender" registry

In addition, the bill contains many mental health and school security provisions, including:

  • Creating a task force to study mental health among Connecticut's young adults
  • Allowing Boards of Educations to institute in-service mental health training
  • Requiring schools to develop safety plans
  • Establishing a council to develop safety standards for new school building projects

Click here for full text of the bill.

Editor's note: This article previously was published by Norwalk Patch.

According to the Hartford Courant website, here's how Darien's state representatives and state senators voted on the legislation:

  • Rep. William Tong (D) YES
  • Rep. Terrie Wood (R) YES
  • Sen. Bob Duff (D) YES
  • Sen. Carlo Leone (D) YES
Warren Ransom April 04, 2013 at 05:58 PM
It's too bad that they didn't pass any new laws that would actually prevent another Sandy Hook incident. While I support this bill, it won't make any difference unless they address the *real* issue which is providing access to mental health care and proper screening. This band aid is like DRM in technology, it makes things difficult for regular users, but doesn't stop the bad guys from doing bad things. Making something illegal doesn't stop people from doing illegal things, getting people help they need when they need it *could* prevent incidents like these. This is an easy trick of Malloy to pretend he did something, without adding to the state budget, but it won't stop a criminal from getting any of the banned equipment, or providing mental healthcare to people in need, which costs money. Once again, politics trumps practicality and a politician claims credit for doing something, while really doing nothing at all to address the underlying issue. The next people who are killed just lost because of Malloy avoiding spending money helping people.
Siwanoy April 04, 2013 at 06:48 PM
"but it won't stop a criminal from getting any of the banned equipment," Agreed, but I do think it will reduce the amount of criminals that can get their hands on one. They'll be banned, so they will be harder to come across, making them more expensive, leading to less criminals having the ability to get them into their hands.
Edmund Burke April 04, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Siwanoy, Banned in Ct-its a short hop to buy them in another state or get your hands on the millions in circulation now. No mass murderer is going to be more than mildly inconvenienced by this law. It will probably not pass judicial review at the Fed level.
Siwanoy April 05, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Edmund, I said criminals, not all criminals are mass murderers.
Edmund Burke April 05, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Siwanoy, These new laws were passed in response to Newtown and in order to prevent another Newtown.
Siwanoy April 05, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Edmund, I'm not getting into a back and forth with you. I commented on someones post, and mentioned a benefit of the law, that's it.

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