Connecticut Senate Oks Gun Law Overhaul
(CNN) — The Connecticut Senate voted 26-10 on Wednesday to approve a major overhaul of gun laws in the wake of the December massacre at an elementary school in Newtown.
The compromise measure now goes to the state House.
Approval is likely, making Connecticut the third state to pass such a measure.
According to a draft of the bill, the measure would add more than 100 types of guns to the state’s list of banned assault weapons; limit the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; ban armor-piercing bullets; require background checks for all weapon sales, including at gun shows; establish safety standards for school buildings; allow mental health training for teachers; and expand mental health research in the state.
Lawmakers announced the legislation Monday, which was drawn up by a bipartisan legislative task force.
The state Senate debated the measure Wednesday afternoon, with some members becoming emotional.
Sen. Beth Bye spoke for five minutes, the time it took, she said, for 26 children and adults to die December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“Twenty of those parents came back with a state trooper and not their child,” said Bye.
“Nobody will be able to say that this bill is absolutely perfect, but no one will also be able to say that this bill fails the test when it comes to being the strongest in the country and the most comprehensive bill in the country,” said Senate President Don Williams, a Democrat and a member of the task force.
But Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said nothing in the new legislation would stop someone like Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman.
“In his case, he stole the guns and went on a murderous rampage. Limiting magazine capacity or mandating registration will only affect law-abiding persons, not criminals bent on murder,” Wilson added.