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Published On: Thu, Apr 4th, 2013

Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy signs new expanded gun controls into law

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a new set of gun control reforms into law on Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Connecticut state legislature approved the legislation in a late-night session.

Dannel Malloy signed the new gun controls into law. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA News Photo

Dannel Malloy signed the new gun controls into law. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA News Photo

In a signing ceremony at the state capitol, Malloy called the event profoundly moving, saying that 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.

Both of Connecticut’s two  senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both support the 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.

All of the provisions take effect immediately.

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.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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