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5:50 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law

Credit Office of the Orange County Executive

Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.

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.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who plans to sign it at noon on Thursday.

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. The bill also addresses mental health and school security measures.

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