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Connecticut Passes Sweeping Gun Control Measures

Posted at 4:42 AM, Apr 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-04 04:44:01-04

HARTFORD, Conn. (CNN) – Gun legislation that advocacy groups call the strongest and most comprehensive to be taken up across the nation moved closer to passage early Thursday as the Connecticut House approved the tough gun measure.

The vote, 105-44, followed passage by the Senate a day earlier.

The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, would make Connecticut the third state to pass such a tough measure following the December rampage in Newtown.

Many portions would take effect immediately, after the governor’s endorsement, including the banning of the sale or purchase of large-capacity magazines.

New York and Colorado passed gun-control legislation limiting magazine capacity, among other provisions.

But Connecticut Against Gun Violence called the state’s bill historic and applauded lawmakers on its extensive reach.