The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Connecticut governor signs sweeping gun control law, 4 months after school shooting there

  • Print

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's governor signed into law one of America's toughest restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, four months after having to tell parents that 20 children had been killed in a school shooting.

Also on Thursday, Maryland's already strong gun laws will become among the toughest in the U.S. after the state Senate passed a measure that will go to the governor, who proposed the legislation, for approval.

The states' moves come as President Barack Obama tries to urge support in Congress for similar federal measures, but prospects for tough national gun control laws are slim amid political pressure by gun lobby groups and gun owners. Obama has called the Connecticut shooting in December, which also killed six adults and the gunman's mother, the worst day of his presidency.

"This is a profoundly emotional day for everyone in this room," Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday. "We have come together in a way that few places in the nation have demonstrated the ability to do."

The shooting reignited a national debate on gun control, and Obama has planned a trip to Connecticut on Monday to increase pressure on lawmakers in Washington to act.

Colorado and New York also have passed new gun control requirements in the wake of the Connecticut shooting.

Connecticut joins states including California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts in having the country's strongest gun control laws, said Brian Malte, director of mobilization for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington.

The legislation adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and creates what officials have called the nation's first dangerous weapon offender registry, as well as eligibility rules for buying ammunition.

In Maryland, the state Senate voted for final passage of its gun control measure, becoming the first state in nearly 20 years to require people who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police. Only five other states have a similar requirement: Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

Gun-control advocates say the fingerprinting requirement will help keep guns away from criminals because it will make people reluctant to buy guns for people who are not allowed to have them. Opponents say the bill erodes the Second Amendment right to bear firearms and ultimately penalizes law-abiding citizens.

The measure bans 45 types of assault weapons, although people who own them now will be able to keep them.

The measure also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets and addresses firearms access for the mentally ill. People who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility won't be allowed to have a gun.

___

Associated Press writers Stephen Kalin and Michael Melia in Hartford and John Christoffersen in New Haven contributed to this report.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Theresa Oswald announces bid for NDP leadership

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A mother goose has chosen a rather busy spot to nest her eggs- in the parking lot of St Vital Centre on a boulevard. Countless cars buzz by and people have begun to bring it food.-Goose Challenge Day 06 - May 08, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A pelican comes in for a landing Wednesday afternoon on the Red River at Lockport, Manitoba - Standup photo- June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on the Jets so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google