Connecticut signs sweeping gun controls after Newtown massacre
April 5 , 2013
The governor of Connecticut, where 20 young children were shot dead at school in December, signed some of the most stringent gun control laws in the United States on Thursday.
Governor Dannel Malloy signed the bill alongside the families of the Newtown victims. Some of the measures are to come into effect immediately.
The state assembly approved the legislation by 105 to 44 after more than 12 hours of debate.
In addition to a gun offender registry, the new measures introduce background checks on all gun buyers and a ban on new magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
The state law also expands an assault weapons ban by 100 firearms, including the Bushmaster AR-15, which was used by 20-year-old Adam Lanza in December's shooting.
On the same day, Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill making it necessary to record the fingerprints of gun buyers.
Newtown triggered a national debate on firearms control, leading to President Barack Obama making gun safety a prominent issue of his second term.
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