Connecticut set to enact gun control laws
Updated: Wednesday, April 3 2013, 08:54 AM EDT
CONNECTICUT (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Connecticut is set to enact what some say are among the toughest gun control laws in the country.
Wednesday the General Assembly is expected to approve bipartisan legislation drafted as a response to December's slaughter of 20 first-graders and six staffers in Newtown.
Among other things, the law requires universal background checks for all firearms sales.
The legislation would add more than one hundred types of guns to the state's list of banned assault weapons.
It would also make it illegal to buy or sell any gun magazine that holds more than ten rounds.
"These will be some of the strongest laws on high capacity magazines in the United States of America," said Senator Don Williams. "We are prepared now as the Connecticut State Legislature to move forward and provide this state with what it deserves, its people deserve and most importantly what our children deserve."
Connecticut gun owners who currently have magazines that hold more than ten rounds would be able to keep them, but they would have to be registered with the state by the end of this year.
Democrats in Connecticut control both chambers and the measure is expected to pass.