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Connecticut Lawmakers Close to Vote on Gun Control

Monday, April 01, 2013

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Sign in Newtown, Conn., after the mass shooting in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Ilya Marritz)

Connecticut lawmakers are poised to vote this week on a gun control bill almost four months after the deadly shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown.

Republican members of Connecticut’s House of Representatives are scheduled to meet Monday to talk about a possible gun control bill, a party spokesman said. Democrats will also meet, according to press reports. The caucuses comes after weeks in which Democrat and Republican party leaders were huddled behind closed doors negotiating such a measure. A vote could come as early as Wednesday.

New York and Colorado passed gun control laws earlier this year. But in the state where a Dec. 14 massacre left 20 kids and 6 educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers are still trying to craft a bipartisan bill.

Connecticut lawmakers have been at odds over a number of issues, among them whether to expand the state's assault weapons ban and limit the sale of high-capacity magazines.

Democrats released a proposal last month that recommended prohibiting the sale of guns with any military features and the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. A Republican plan released around the same time did not include such recommendations.

A spokesman for the Republican leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives, Larry Cafero, defended the amount of time it has taken for the state to draft legislation. The spokesman, Pat O’Neil, said it took Colorado eight months after a deadly theater shooting to pass a law. O'Neil said New York's bill was flawed and had been passed with virtually no input from anyone but the governor and party leaders.

The details of what Connecticut legislators are considering have not been released.

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Comments [2]

Devlin from Sherman, Texas

I've always been in support of the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, but I think that our fathers of the Amendment would probably more than likely agree with those that put restrictions for those who should not, for their safety and for the safety of others. Like cars, I think that guns should also be registered. At one time I was hesitant on making new laws that would take away from the constitution. However, today things have gotten much closer to home than I ever really thought. It is time for a change in laws in order to protect us and to keep guns an ammunition away from criminals, lawbreakers, youths, and those that are diagnosed with a psychological, chemical imbalance or mental diagnosis. Sad to say, they should also include those who have brain injuries too. These people are without fault of their own, they did not choose this, but to protect the life and liberty of people in the America that we know today, we have to make a change. The Constitution is not the Bible. We can add to it, but I hope that we should never have to take away. The Constitution would be considerably torn in the eyes of the people; we would be a torn country of torn people.

Apr. 01 2013 07:35 PM
wandering squarehead from North New Jersey

As an ex NRA member I am encouraged that the sensible discussion of background checks will be in the forefront of law makers with reasonable scruples. How anyone can be against background checks is mind boggling.

Apr. 01 2013 06:35 PM

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