HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - After several hours of debate, the Senate passed the gun control bill 26-10 and the bill will now head to the House.
Hundreds of gun rights advocates packed the State Capitol Wednesday to protest, as lawmakers started debating a bill to re-write Connecticut's gun laws, making them among the toughest in the country.
"To use these little kids...that's not right ma'am.
Emotions were running very high at the Capitol Wednesday with some gun owners openly confronting some of the people that had gone there to support the bill.
"Just say no! Just say no! Just say no!"
Hundreds of gun owners jammed the hallways outside the State Senate chamber chanting for lawmakers to vote 'no' to the massive re-write of the state's gun laws.
Those opposed greatly outnumbered the people there to express support for the bill.
"The bill itself has too many things that takes the legal citizens and makes them somewhat...shall we say an illegal citizen," said Marie Barnum, of Salisbury.
"I become a felon unless I register everything and yet it's really not going to have a real result," said Don Zero, of Seymour, "this jumping on a bandwagon due to a tragedy...is a second tragedy."
As many as could fit jammed into the Senate gallery with hundreds more staying in the hallways.
And in a highly unusual move, the big bill was introduced on the floor by the State Senate President Pro Tem.
"It is the strongest and most comprehensive bill in the country," said Sen. Don Williams.
"In registering what we have could actually potentially be a list for confiscation," said Dawnmarie Londonagnifilo, of Woodbury. "I don't believe they are going that route at this time, but it does set it up."
However, to some there in favor of the big bill it is a personal mission.
"If Adam Lanza didn't chose to have those 30 round clips, if they weren't available, I would still have family members and friends, you know," said Jessica Pinkey, of Newtown, "so it's time to have common sense."
"The Supreme Court said that second amendment rights are not unlimited that reasonable regulations are okay and we're here for reasonable common sense regulations," said Jonathan Perloe, of Greenwich.