Thursday, April 4, 2013

Connecticut Gun Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Dannel Malloy

WASHINGTON -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed a sweeping new set of gun control laws on Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Connecticut state legislature approved the bills in a late-night session. In a signing ceremony at the state capitol, Malloy called the event profoundly moving, and said Connecticut had come together in a way that few places were able to do. "Our leaders in Washington are so divided," Malloy said, adding that "there's no excuse" for lawmakers in Washington to oppose expanded background checks. Connecticut's two Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both support expanded gun control. The bill requires background checks for nearly all private gun sales, and bans the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It also expands the state's assault weapons ban to include scores of new gun models. These provisions will go into effect immediately, Malloy said, while others will be phased in. The bill also includes new registration requirements for those who already own high-capacity magazines, and creates the nation's first dangerous weapon offender registry. In a move that many legislators applauded Wednesday night, the bill allocates at least $15 million more for school safety and mental health monitoring programs.