(By Deutsche Welle) Nearly four months after the Newtown school shooting, Connecticut has passed one of the toughest gun laws in the United States. But few think the state’s law will become a model for the rest of the country.
The bill, a response to the December 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown which took the lives of 20 young children and six teachers, has passed in the state of Connecticut. Gun advocates protested heavily against the strict legislation, but Connecticut’s Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy went ahead and signed the law at a ceremony on Thursday (04.04.2013), several hours after it was approved by the General Assembly.
The measures extend the state’s assault weapons ban to an additional 100 firearms, ban the sale of high-capacity magazines and would impose immediate universal background checks on all firearms sales.
In addition, anyone who wants to purchase a rifle, shotgun or ammunition would have to obtain a certificate by being fingerprinted and taking a firearms course among other requirements.
“This is a message that should resound in 49 other states and in Washington, D.C.,” said Connecticut Senate President Donald E. Williams. “And the message is: We can get it done here and they should get it done in their respective states and nationally in Congress.”
Lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 105-44 in the state House of Representatives and 26-10 in the Senate.