Conn. gov's panel issues early gun control ideas

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An advisory panel reviewing the deadly Newtown school shooting for Connecticut's governor on Monday recommended requiring registration of all firearms in the state and mandating all its K-12 classrooms have doors that can be locked from the inside.

There was also enough consensus among the commission members to recommend bans on high-capacity magazines and the possession, sale or transfer or guns — both military-style firearms and handguns — that are capable of firing more than 10 rounds of ammunition without reloading.

Other recommendations in an interim report from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission include limiting the amount of ammunition that can be purchased at one time, requiring trigger locks be provide at the time of sale or transfer and requiring firearms in a home be stored in a locked container.

Malloy, a Democrat, has already expressed concerns about the recommendation concerning the gun ban, which goes further than many of the proposals being considered by state lawmakers as they try to craft a response to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first graders and six educators dead. Malloy stressed on Friday that he does not support the confiscation of weapons.

Malloy created the commission in January. The group includes mental health experts, public safety officials and educators. They've focused their review on infrastructure design, school safety and security, as well as trauma services and responses to school crisis, gun violence prevention and emergency planning and response.



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