It has been nearly four months since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and now legislative leaders are finally planning to pass what they call the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country.
In Connecticut, the new gun laws will require new state-issued eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun or ammunition. Laws will also mandate that offenders convicted of any of more than 40 weapons offenses register with the state.
Additionally, the plan requires universal background checks for the sale of all firearms; and substantially expand the state’s existing ban on assault weapons.
However, despite the laws “strictness,” it does not include everything that the anti-gun forces have asked for.
According to the NYT:
It includes a ban on the future sale of high-capacity magazines with more than 10 bullets. But despite a dramatic plea on Monday from relatives of 11 of the victims killed at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, legislative leaders did not include a complete ban on their ownership, although they agreed on new requirements requiring their registration.
Legislation passed by New York in January included a ban on the ownership of high-capacity magazines that would go into effect next January.
Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said he was disappointed that the ban on possession of high-capacity magazines was not approved and that the bill would have little effect on handgun violence. But there is some good in it, he says.
“When you take all the elements and compare it, I think you could judiciously say this is the strongest bill in the nation.”
The bill is expected to go to both houses of the General Assembly on Wednesday; passage seemed assured.
Feels good to see some progress in the fight against gun violence. Let’s keep it up!