Connecticut lawmakers debate gun control package

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers in Connecticut have started debate on a wide ranging package of gun control and other measures stemming from the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

One state senator said the Newtown shooting demands a "powerful response."

But another expressed concern that the legislation will be harmful to lawful gun owners. Republican John Kissel says Connecticut already has "some of the most tough gun laws" in the country -- and that further restrictions would go too far.

The state Senate is expected to approve the measures, and send them on to the House.

Some of the provisions would take effect right away -- including an expansion of the state's assault weapons ban, background checks for all firearms sales and a ban on the sale or purchase of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

The lawmakers are also looking to address mental health and school security. The legislation would provide $15 million to help pay for school security upgrades.

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