HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - After weeks of negotiations, top state lawmakers from both parties rolled out their post Sandy Hook gun legislation and the proposed changes are sweeping.
"These will be some of the strongest laws on high capacity magazines in the United States of America," said Sen. Don Williams.
Under the bill, it would be illegal in Connecticut to buy or sell any gun magazine that holds more than ten rounds.
Connecticut gun owners who already have magazines that hold more than ten, can keep them, but they have to be registered with the state by January 1st. If you have one, and don't register it, you can be charged with a class D felony.
If you have a grandfathered, high capacity magazine, you could only fully load it at home, or at a gun range. If you are licensed to carry, you can only load ten rounds, even if the gun holds more.
The bill would also require that you have a special state certificate, to buy any rifle, shotgun, or even ammunition. You'll have to take a class, be fingerprinted, and pass a background check to get one.
The bill also greatly expands the state assault weapons ban, adding 100 new guns to the list of what is considered an "illegal assault weapon." Those already owned will have to be registered.
It also requires universal background checks for all guns bought and sold in the state, including private sales of rifles and shotguns.
The bill creates a statewide "dangerous weapon offender" registry, and expands laws governing how guns must be stored and locked in the home.
Lawmakers from both parties say the bill won't make everyone happy, but they say it is a fair compromise that should pass this week.
"Trying to be fair to those gun owners and their rights, as given to them by the second amendment and our own state constitution, but also very cognizant of our duty to protect the citizenry," Rep. Larry Cafero.
"We are prepared now as the Connecticut legislature to move forward, and provide this state with what it deserves, its people deserve, and most importantly what our children deserve," said Williams.
A vote on the bill is expected Wednesday. Democrats control both chambers and it is expected to pass.
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