ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) - As the issue of federal gun legislation remains a topic of debate, individual states are taking matters into their own hands.
A new 139-page law in Connecticut deals with the logistics of gun buying, and even addresses mental health. Supporters say it's comprehensive, expansive and effective, but critics say call the law misguided and unconstitutional.
It's all in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The question being asked is: do gun laws have an impact on gun crime?
Massachusetts passed strict gun law reform in 1998, but in 2011 there were 122 gun-related murders; almost double the amount in 1998.
Still, Massachusetts got an A- grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. They say the state's laws are some of the strongest in the country.
In Enfield, Connecticut guns have been a controversial topic. The Board of Education voted to put an armed guard in every school by the fall.
This new Connecticut law puts 100 firearms on the assault weapons ban list, prohibits the sale of large capacity ammunition magazines, establishes a first of it's kind dangerous weapon offender registry, calls for mandatory background checks for all gun sales, limits who can purchase ammunition and increases penalties for illegally possessing or trafficking a firearm.
President Barack Obama will be at the University of Hartford on Monday to discuss federal gun legislation.