New England News
8:46 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Conn. legislative gun panel gets final briefing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative subcommittee reviewing Connecticut gun laws is receiving some final expert testimony before the lawmakers begin devising recommendations for possible changes to the laws in light of the Newtown school shooting.

The gun violence prevention subcommittee faces a Feb. 15 deadline to forward its ideas to legislative leaders, who hope the full General Assembly can vote on a package of reforms at month's end.

Subcommittee members on Monday asked final questions of gun manufacturers, state and local police officials and municipal leaders about myriad issues. They included the ramifications of limiting the size of ammunition magazines, the thoroughness of background checks and current rules for obtaining gun permits.

Two other subcommittees are reviewing laws and policies surrounding mental health and school security.

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