HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have approved wide-ranging legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown, and the governor plans to sign it today.
The bill includes gun control measures that ban the sales of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 weapons that previously had been legal. It also addresses mental health and school security measures.
Following hours of respectful and at times somber debate, the House and the Senate voted in favor of the 139-page bill crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.
Some of the measures take effect right away. Those include expansion of the state's assault weapons ban, background checks for all firearms sales and a ban on the sale or purchase of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.